Book Depository, known previously as The Book Depository, is a UK-based online book seller with a large catalogue. They offer free shipping to over 160 countries. Founded by former Amazon employee Andrew Crawford, it was acquired by the company in 2011. Book Depository’s motto is simple: to make “All Books Available to All.” The company remains one of the world’s leading specialist online bookstores, offering more than 18 million titles at low prices.
The company’s “About” page spins a quaint mission; of the 30 million titles ever printed in the English language, only a few million are still in print. Book Depository is seeking to make available as many of these titles as possible, but they are also working to do the same with foreign language titles. Their goal is to have the largest breadth of titles available in the world. The company is very keen to talk to publishers and distributors about supply arrangements, and customers reap the benefits of low prices and free shipping to most countries.
Despite being acquired by Amazon in 2011, the Book Depository strives to maintain the personal experience their customers have grown to love. Every member of their team is passionate about books, and their website is full of staff picks and recommendations. Their carefully curated suggested reads shift with the season, and new releases are consistently added and updated. The best part? Most books are at least 15% off the cover price, but savings can reach up to 80% off.
Book Depository has novels, cookbooks, non-fiction, children’s literature, and a wealth of other genres waiting to be discovered. As one of the most accessible online bookstores out there, we have to say: they’re doing a pretty dang good job.