The Book Depository Ltd.
The Book Depository
Type of businessLimited company
Type of site
Available inEnglish
Founded2004 (2004)
Dissolved26 April 2023 (2023-04-26)
HeadquartersLondon, UK
Area servedWorldwide
IndustryBookselling, Online shopping
Revenue£69 million (2010)[1]
Employees150[citation needed]
ParentAmazon (2011–2023)
Launched2004; 19 years ago (2004)
Logo until 2016
Logo until 2016

Book Depository (previously The Book Depository) was a UK-based online book seller with a large catalogue, offering free shipping to over 160 countries.[2] Founded by a former Amazon employee, it was acquired by Amazon on 4 July 2011.[3][1]

On 5 April 2023, Amazon announced that it would be closing down Book Depository on 26 April 2023.[4]


The company was founded in 2004 by Andrew Crawford and Stuart Felton. Its motto was to make "All Books Available to All"[5] by improving selection, access and affordability.[5]


In 2012, Book Depository was a finalist for the Fast Growth Business Awards' Retail/Leisure Business of the Year 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.

See also


  1. ^ a b Wood, Zoe (5 July 2011). "Booksellers fear 'stranglehold' as Amazon snaps up British rival The Book Depository". London: The Guardian.
  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. ^ Miller, Monica (5 April 2023). "Amazon closing UK-based online shop Book Depository". BBC. Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Book Depository: Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million books".
  6. ^ "Start-up Award". UK: Startups.
  7. ^ "Bookdepository". 100 List. UK: Fast Track. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Bookseller Award". Events force.