The Book Depository

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Book Depository
The Book Depository
Type Limited company
Founded 2004 (2004)
Headquarters London, 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]


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]


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