Amazon acquires an online book seller

Amazon.com Inc. announced yesterday that it will acquire The Book Depository International, a U.K.-based online bookseller that sells to customers in more than 100 countries. Terms were not disclosed.

The Book Depository is No. 100 in Internet Retailer’s Top 300 Europe Guide. The e-retailer, established in 2004, sells books and e-books and offers free delivery to customers worldwide. It had Internet Retailer-estimated 2010 sales of 79 million Euros, approximately $114.3 million.

“The Book Depository is very focused on serving its customers around the world, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Amazon family,” says Greg Greeley, vice president of European Retail for Amazon. Amazon.com is the No. 1 e-retailer in the Top 300 Europe Guide. In January, it acquired LoveFilm International Ltd., a video rental and streaming company and No. 79 in the Guide.

About Book Depository

About The Book Depository

The Book Depository 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 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 is able to ship over six 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 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 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 aspossible?
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.

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