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Book Depository (previously The Book Depository) is a UK-based online book seller with a large catalogue offered with free shipping to over 160 countries.[4] The store was founded by a former Amazon employee. In 2011 it was acquired by Amazon.[5]

Book Depository
The Book Depository
Type of business Limited company
Type of site
Available in English
Founded 2004 (2004)
Headquarters London, UK
Area served Worldwide
Industry Bookselling, Online shopping
Products Books
Revenue £69 million (2010)[1]
Employees 150[citation needed]
Parent Amazon (2011–present)
Alexa rank
Launched 2004
Logo until 2016



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.[1]


In 2012, 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.[6]

In 2013, it was ranked 5th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100.[7]

In 2009 and 2010 it won Direct Bookselling Company of the year at the Bookseller Industry Awards[8] and the Queen's Award For Enterprise.[9]


  1. ^ a b Wood, Zoe (5 July 2011). "Booksellers fear 'stranglehold' as Amazon snaps up British rival The Book Depository". London: The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Site Info". Alexa Internet. 
  3. ^ "Site Info". Alexa Internet. 
  4. ^ "Which countries do you deliver to?", Help, The Book depository .
  5. ^ "How does the Amazon acquisition affect The Book Depository customers?", Help, The Book Depository .
  6. ^ "Start-up Award". UK: Startups. 
  7. ^ "Bookdepository". 100 List. UK: Fast Track. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-01-12. 
  8. ^ "Bookseller Award". Events force. 
  9. ^ "Bookseller Award" (PDF). Business Link. [permanent dead link]

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