When Barry Crow was made redundant from his job as an IT consultant, he was forced into downsizing his home which meant having to get rid of some of his most prized possessions, including £2,500 worth of books. But rather than give his books away, he decided to set up a book exchange website for friends and family, and GreenMetropolis was born.
Barry said, "We started with 1,000 books in stock which were mostly mine, and a few of my friends. We have about a million second-hand books in stock now. I’m passionate about reading and through GreenMetropolis I have an opportunity to encourage people to read, do their bit for the environment and contribute to charity."
GreenMetropolis has also received the support of celebrity readers including Kevin McCloud, Tony Robinson, Alan Titchmarsh and Brian Blessed.
GreenMetropolis is free to join and allows members to list books for sale by simply entering their ISBN code. All books cost just £3.75 to buy, of which the seller receives £3 with five pence also going directly to The Woodland Trust.
GreenMetropolis has also just launched a new charity partnership, where members who sell books can choose to donate a part of their earnings to charities such as The Woodland Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Age UK.