At Book Outlet, our core focus is Enchanting the Mind. This is our why, our purpose, our passion behind everything we do. We believe we are not just selling books, rather we are impacting the lives of millions of people both locally and across the globe.
As readers, we know the joy that reading brings but we also know how expensive new books can be. That is why we strive to offer read-iculously low prices on great titles, so that the joy of reading can be accessible to all.
All our books are new and up to 90% off original list price.
You can shop thousands of titles from a variety of categories including fiction, children’s books, biographies and more.
We get new titles added to the site daily so there are always new books for you to browse.
Founder John Hultink circa 1970s
Montrose Paper Mill, Thorold, Ontario
Bookbot the Robotic Arm
Awarded Best Managed Company in 2021
John is one of five brothers who, together with his parents, immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands shortly after World War II, seeking a better life across the Atlantic. Like many immigrant families, those early years were not easy but that struggle had a pivotal influence on the roots of our company.
John’s passion for books and his entrepreneurial drive began well before 1985, going back to the early 1970s when he founded a small publishing company that translated Dutch books into English. These books appealed to many immigrant families across Canada who wanted their children to have the same experiences they had grown to know and love as children.
After witnessing the impact that books had in the lives of immigrant families, John was determined to make books accessible to all families across the globe by offering them at affordable prices - and that was the beginning of Book Outlet!
Since the early 1970s, Book Outlet has evolved both as a business and a brand. Our community of bargain book lovers continues to grow daily and we have a tireless desire to dream big, innovate and provide our customers with the best possible experience.
We recognize that as a company, we are only as good as our people. That is why it has been a goal of ours to build a company culture that fuels curiosity, creativity and sustainable growth. In 2021, we were recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation.
At Book Outlet, we believe that reading is at the heart of Enchanting the Mind, and it is our shared responsibility to bring this purpose to life – one book at a time! Our culture and everything that we do is guided by our six Core Values.
We understand that success is fleeting if we don’t put others first. Serving with humility and always looking to the interests of our team members and customers is foundational to all we do.
We believe that the whole TEAM is greater than the sum of its individual players and that Together Everyone Achieves More.
We believe that working hard is actually the result of a great attitude and passion for living each day at our best.
We believe that to really be great, you have to be willing to go where no one has ever gone before. To do this requires an ownership thinking mentality, hard work, determination, and a can-do attitude.
We have a curious mind, and we never stop learning. In fact, our desire to learn and grow is so strong that we will even try new things that don’t look so appealing at first glance.
We know life is too short to work with, or do business with, those that think and act like donkeys.
We understand the importance of serving with humility and putting the needs of others first, which is why it has always been a part of our culture to give back to the community.
The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is piloting a program to support impoverished families within the school community who have limited access to literacy resources for their children. We were happy to provide the DSBN with 120 books and flashcards to help set up the young readers for success as literate learners now and in the future.
The Niagara Region hosts a book distribution event twice a year, at which schools and nonprofits are invited to “shop” for books at no cost. We were honoured to support such a great cause and, as a result, donated over 35,000 books for them to use towards their distribution events and other local initiatives.
Smiles By Angels is a nonprofit organization that supplies hospitals that focus on underserved families with books for their children patients. A book can make all the difference to a child who is confined to their hospital room. It can provide hours of entertainment and countless smiles. Especially during the pandemic, the books supplied by Smiles By Angels has helped many deserving kids and their families. We are honoured to support this organization by donating books to help with this incredibly worthy cause.
We are happy to be able to provide financial support to OM Ships International as they work in the Bahamas to help rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. In addition to construction services, they have also been able to provide free health care in the community including testing people’s eyesight and providing free prescription glasses. There is still much work to do before the rebuild is even close to completed but every bit helps to provide hope for the future.
In lieu of sending out corporate gifts this year, our parent company chose instead to make monetary donations to two charitable organizations focused on addressing inequities in early literacy development. Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation has a mission to ensure all children in Canada are equipped with the literacy skills they need to reach their full potential. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Both of these organizations do such important work in the area of literacy development and we are honoured to be able to contribute to making an impact with them.
Community Care needs the support from the community more than it ever has before. Over the past year, the number of people in need continues to rise. By organizing a food drive at the office and at our local retail store, the staff at Book Outlet were able to collect and donate over four bins of non-perishable food items, including items that are most in need such as canned meat, hearty soups and stews, baby formula and canned fruit. These donations will have a positive impact on members in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.
GivingTuesday takes place the day after Cyber Monday each year. It is a day when charities, companies and individuals join together to give back to the community. In order to give back in a meaningful way, Book Outlet donated 20% of sales generated on December 1st to Bernie’s Book Bank and First Book Canada. This will go a long way in Enchanting the Minds of kids in need of books across North America.
Hurricane Eta was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that wreaked havoc across Honduras in early November 2020. In order to help provide emergency relief efforts to families in Honduras, the Book Outlet staff came together and donated over five bins of items including non-perishable food items, gently-used clothing and shoes, diapers and other baby items, soaps, shampoos and other toiletries, masks and hand sanitizers. These items were shipped to Honduras to help provide some essential items to the communities directly impacted by the devastation.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Windsor Chapter of the Spelling Bee of Canada has decided to launch a virtual reading club. Since many programs have been suspended, this is a way to connect with the children in the community and encourage a love of reading. Through this program, they are also focusing on providing culturally relevant books to be used and discussed as part of the reading club. Book Outlet is happy to be able to donate the books to be used for this program.
Providing books to those less fortunate is one way that we at Book Outlet can live out our Core Purpose, Enchanting the Mind – one book at a time! From Tuesday, August 25 – Wednesday, August 26, Book Outlet provided a $5 Givesome PIN to every customer who placed an order. In addition, Book Outlet invited all employees to participate and donate $5 – on us! Through these initiatives, Book Outlet donated over $1,700! These funds will be used to support literacy projects organized by First Book Canada and Bernie’s Book Bank.
Tropicana Community Services is a Toronto-based multi-service organization that provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices. The books donated will enable the children and youth in the community to be productively engaged and will encourage them to expand their knowledge and interest in different topics.
Black United Fund of Michigan is committed to implementing impactful youth empowerment programs for the underserved, underrepresented in the Detroit Metropolitan area. The books that are being donated will be provided to students who are currently participating in their virtual summer camp experience.
Horn of Africa Service is a non profit that serves the East African Immigrant and Refugee community in Seattle, WA. The books that are being donated will be used to improve children’s language, literacy, and cognitive skills, and the social-emotional development critical to school success.
Knowing our community had limited access to books during the COVID-19 pandemic, books were made available to our staff to share with family, friends and neighbours to bring a little joy to their day!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many long term care homes were in lock-down. We were able to organize book donations to a number of long term care facilities in the local area. These books were shared with residents to brighten their day during such a difficult time.
Book Outlet is committed to making its website www.bookoutlet.ca usable by all people, including those with disabilities. We are in the process of making upgrades to this site to achieve this goal. Please call us at 1-888-402-7323 during the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm EST Monday - Friday for assistance.