About Books by the Foot

Thank you for your interest in Books by the Foot. Books by the Foot is a service provided by Wonder Book that is designed to keep books alive. Our Books by the Foot service has given a second chance to millions of orphaned and otherwise unwanted books. Whether you have an interior design need for 100 feet of blue books or 50 feet of antique books over 100 years old, or a personal need for a box of kids books for your classroom, Book by the Foot is here to help with our vast inventory of millions of books with over 100 different styles.

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Book rescue is our primary mission. Our Books by the Foot service has kept alive millions of books by connecting them to interior designers, set dec coordinators, procurement specialists, teachers, resellers, DIY’ers and book lovers alike. As booklovers ourselves and a member of ABAA and ILAB, Wonder Book believes that books are not made to be disposed of—they are made to be read, collected, shared, and displayed.

We strive to find a home for every book, and we repurpose around 3 million pounds of books each year by selling them in our three retail stores, on Amazon and other websites, and through our Books by the Foot service. We globally export 100,000+ books each year. Each time we match a book with a buyer, we consider it a victory.

A bookseller since 1980 and online since 1997, Wonder Book is passionate about books, whether they are used mass markets, five-figure rare collectibles, or new publisher’s overstocks. Books by the Foot has allowed us to proudly keep books displayed and in use that are otherwise unviable.

Staging a model home, a storefront window, a backdrop at your restaurant? Shooting a scene in a Movie or TV show and need books tailored to a specific character? Books by the Foot has provided its services to a variety of TV Shows, movies, Broadway and stage performances, magazine shoots, model homes, commercial and residential properties, classrooms, charities, home libraries, community centers and countless others! We provide books by age, color, binding type, or subject to help create a unique library that matches your vision.

With over 4 million books, Wonder Book operates three large retail stores in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and a 111,000 square foot warehouse for internet, bulk, designer, and export sales. Our retail stores were recognized by USA Today in 2002 as “1 of 10 Great Old Bookstores” and in additional to finding new homes for books, they are one of the primary places we purchase books from the public 363 days a year. Our internet warehouse was featured as a model for the changing book industry by The Washington Post in 2008 and C-Span in 2009. Our Books by the Foot service, where we sell books in bulk as decoration, props, and instant libraries, was featured by The New York Times in 2011.

For more information about our book rescue mission, visit our In the Press page or WonderBook.com.