Re-Read ltd


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    Last Modified: June 30, 2021

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    COVID Update June 2021:

    We have started to sell books online once again. We are open for people to drop off donations of books at our Marshgate Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm.
    Social distancing will be observed as we need to
     help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

    For further information. please contact us on:

    01302 327213 or

    Group aims

    Re-Read is a social enterprise that trades in books to reduce waste and provide services and activities that promote literacy, education attainment and quality of life.

    We sell used books via on-line platforms such as Amazon and at markets and Car-boot sales.

    Books coming into our warehouse are sorted and graded to determine their future.  We set aside books suitable for free re-distribution.
    We work with partners organisations such as voluntary and community groups, faith groups, schools, children’s centres, hospitals and hospices, to make available free books.

    Only books too damaged to be re-read are sent for recycling into a new product with a new story to tell.

    Why Re-Read is different
    Research shows that poor reading and writing scores at primary school are significantly associated with later low achievement.   We also know that poverty is a major factor in childrens’ ability to read well and in building confidence.  We believe that Re-Read has enormous potential at a time when there is great public concern over access to free books for people and families on low incomes such as the elderly, unemployed and single parents. Access to reading materials is critical to closing the achievement gap, fostering imagination, and motivating success in our communities

    Re-Read aims to ensure that books reach households that normally do not have any to enable literacy in the home.


    • Free books are good quality re-used books and therefore do not have the environmental impact of new books
    • Books are completely free unlike some book programmes
    • Distributes books across all age groups not just children and young people.


    Re-Read is committed to developing partnerships with:

    • Agencies working with a broad range of disadvantaged people, particularly those in areas of high multiple deprivation to distribute the free books.
    • Agencies with surplus books, such as Charity Shops.  If you have surplus books we pay the premium price for any we buy
    • Organisations with charitable objects to provide an unrestricted income source.  Again, we buy books by weight and pay the premium price for them.  Why not encourage your staff, volunteers, service users and supporters to collect books for you.
    • Businesses to support your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.  If you like Re-Read and would like to support our work we’d love to hear from you.  One easy way of helping is to collect books from your staff and customers to donate to us.  If you already have another cause you support we will buy the books from you and pay their value to your nominated charity.
    • Individuals – if you have unwanted books please donate them to us.  Contact us for your nearest collection point.  We’re recruiting volunteers to help us sort, list, collect and distribute books.
    • Collection Points – we want to build up a network of collection points where individuals can drop-off books.  Can you be a collection point for us?

    We aim to be really flexible and open to new ideas and ways of working so if you can make any suggestions about how we can develop in your area please let me know.

    If you’d like more information about what we do, or you’d like to get free childrens’ books, please get in touch with us via one of the methods below:

    Our telephone number is 01302 327213


    We look forward to hearing from you. 

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