World of Books Group Launches new charity dedicated to supporting literacy and the circular economy.

World of Books Group has launched a new independent charity, The Wob Foundation. 100% of donations raised by the charity will go directly to causes that support literacy and the circular economy. The Wob Foundation will support these core initiatives in communities close to the World of Books Group sites in Coventry and Goring-on-Sea, to create positive impacts locally, now and in the long term. In time, the company plans to support initiatives in the US and in other markets where Wob has facilities.

World of Books Group was founded on an ethos to do good, protect the planet and support charities by enabling more goods to be reused. Since then, Wob has grown into a global company, pioneering the circular economy, which has supported various initiatives including donating over 201,000 books last year alone. The Wob Foundation provides a natural next step for the re-commerce solutions provider, furthering the organisation’s mission to encourage literacy and sustainability.

Initial funding has been generously donated by Wob’s investors and advisers. Going forward, the Wob Foundation will be operated on a voluntary basis and secure donations from the group’s customers and employees, so that all financial contributions raised go straight to chosen charities. The Foundation will focus on supporting charities that work with disadvantaged groups who find it hard to access books in places such as schools, prisons, youth clubs, libraries, women’s refuges and asylum centres, as well as those who support creative writing in such settings. For charities which support the circular economy, the Wob Foundation will focus on donations to tangible and measurable programmes that evidently improve the environment.

Martin Nye, the former chair of Wob and now a Wob Foundation Trustee, commented:

“The creation of the Foundation means that everybody involved with Wob can play their part in supporting carefully selected charities with funding and other practical help. It’s a great initiative. ”

The Wob Foundation is led by four other trustees: Katie Waldegrave, Mó Parle, Katie Ratcliffe and Vanessa Connell. The trustees have broad experience of managing and supporting education, art and literacy charities.

Graham Bell, CEO of World of Books Group, commented:

“We believe in going the extra mile to make a positive impact on society and the Wob Foundation is a testament to that commitment.We are confident that the Wob Foundation will make a difference and we hope that others will join us in our mission to continue promoting literacy and supporting the circular economy.”

To find out more about Wob visit or for more information on the Wob Foundation, click here. To learn more about the group’s commitment to sustainability,  you can access the full 2022 Impact Report here:

About World of Books Group (

In 2002, World of Books Group was founded on an ethos to do good, protect the planet and support charities by enabling more goods to be reused. Since then, we’ve grown into a global company pioneering the circular economy. Today, we drive the circular economy through three re-commerce brands:

– Wob: Through Wob, we sell. We provide affordable, preloved books and media to customers all over the world. A book leaves our collection of over eight million titles and begins a new chapter every two seconds, enabling more goods to be reused.

– Ziffit: Through Ziffit, we buy. We give people around the world the opportunity to contribute to the circular economy, earn money and protect the planet, by trading their unwanted books and media.

– Shopiago: Through Shopiago, we help others. By sharing the technology that has grown World of Books Group into the business it is today, we’re helping charities increase revenue and reduce waste through re-commerce.