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The Book Depository


The Book Depository

Book Depository
The Book Depository
Type Limited company
Founded 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Slough, UK
Area served Worldwide
Industry Bookselling, Online shopping
Products Books
Employees 0–150
Alexa rank 1,741 (April 2012)[1]
Type of site E-commerce
Available in English
Launched 2004

Book Depository is a UK-based online book seller with a large catalogue offered with free shipping to over 160 countries.[2] The store was founded by a former employee and was later acquired by Amazon.[3]


  • History 1
  • Awards 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The company was founded in 2004 by Andrew Crawford and current Chief Operating Officer Stuart Felton; its motto is to make "All Books Available to All".

On 4 July 2011, Amazon reached an agreement to acquire Book Depository.[4]


In 2007, it was a finalist for the Retail/Leisure business of the Year Fast Growth Business Award and won two UK Startup Awards, Online Business of the Year and Retailer of the Year.[5]

In 2008, it was ranked 5th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.[6]

In 2009 and 2010 it won Direct Bookselling Company of the year at the Bookseller Industry Awards.[7] and the Queen's Award For Enterprise[8]


  1. ^ "Site Info".  
  2. ^ "Which countries do you deliver to?", Help, The Book depository .
  3. ^ "How does the Amazon acquisition affect The Book Depository customers?", Help, The Book Depository .
  4. ^ Wood, Zoe (5 July 2011). "Amazon Takeover". London:  
  5. ^ "Start-up Award". UK: Startups. 
  6. ^ "Bookdepository". 100 List. UK: Fast Track. 2008. 
  7. ^ "Bookseller Award". Events force. 
  8. ^ "Bookseller Award" (PDF).  

External links

  • Official Website
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