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Increasingly, Book Depository is the New Competition

In our industry we hear a lot of customers noting price comparisons from Am*zon and Christian Book Distributors (CBD) but increasingly, more and more customers are mentioning super-low online pricing with free shipping from bookdepository.com a trade name of The Book Depository International Limited located in Guernsey in the Channel Islands.  Here’s their story from their ‘about’ page.

Book DepositoryAbout The Book Depository (Guernsey)
The Book Depository (Guernsey) is the UK’s largest dedicated online bookseller, offering the largest range of titles in the world, available for dispatch within 48 hours. Founded in 2004 to make ‘All Books available to All’ we focus on selling ‘less of more’ rather than ‘more of less’, differentiating ourselves from other retailers who increasingly focus on bestsellers.

All books available to All
Currently, The Book Depository (Guernsey) is able to ship over nine million unique titles, within 48 hours, from our fulfilment centre in Gloucester, United Kingdom. This figure is increasing every day. Apart from publishers, distributors and wholesalers, we even list and supply books from other retailers.

Free Worldwide Delivery
The Book Depository (Guernsey) is an international bookseller shipping our books free of charge, worldwide, to over 100 countries. By working with various world postal authorities and other carriers, we are always looking to add more countries to this list.

How is it going?
The Book Depository (Guernsey) is the fastest growing bookseller in Europe, shipping to thousands of customers every day throughout the world. We have over a million customers and a reputation for extremely high service levels. A large percentage of our customers are very loyal, placing orders with us time and time again.

The Long Tail: why are we making as many books available as possible?
Of the 30 million titles ever printed in the English language only a few million of these are in print. We are seeking to make available as many of these titles as possible (and working to do the same with foreign language titles). This way, we will have the largest breadth of titles available in the world. Where books are no longer in print or poorly available we are seeking to make them available again by republishing. We do this through our Dodo Press imprint.

Deliveries do take a little longer, though…

Our books are despatched by Royal Mail and they suggest that the following timelines are an appropriate guide to how long you should expect for your books to reach you after they have been despatched by us:

Standard delivery United Kingdom 3-5 working days
Standard delivery Europe 7-10 working days
Standard delivery US & Canada up to 14 working days
Standard delivery Australia 7-10 working days
Standard delivery South America 10-15 working days
Rest of the World 7-10 working days

If they can’t supply a title…

Why we link out to AbeBooks

Our aim is to make “All books available to All”. AbeBooks, the world’s largest online marketplace for books, lists over 100 million second hand, rare, and out-of-print books from more than 13,500 booksellers. We show a link to AbeBooks when we believe the title in question is out of print so we can help our customers track them down.

But don’t leave their website without reading this little detail…

How does the Amazon acquisition affect The Book Depository customers?

The Book Depository and Amazon are aligned in wanting to ensure the best possible experience for customers. Working with Amazon we will look to continue to increase our vast selection of great titles and provide even better customer experience.

  1. Joseph
    September 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Thought I would test this.

    We just received a book from the Book Depository that we retail in our store for $14.95 Cnd.

    Total cost in Cnd funds $9.63. This was shipped from London England.
    This begs the question as to why anyone in Canada would ever order a book from us that would need to be shipped to them.

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