The Book Depository ships books to 98 countries in the world postage free. The online retailer specialises in niche, hard to- find books, offering 3.3m English language titles covering anything from cake decoration to aircraft piston engines. The company was founded by Andrew Crawford, who was involved in launching Amazon.com in Britain. The 8m books it sends out each year are sourced from external suppliers or published by the in-house imprint Dodo Press. All titles are dispatched within 48 hours. Customers in continental Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can now buy in their own currencies, which has helped overseas sales to grow 181% a year, from £4.6m in 2007 to £36.2m in 2009 under chief operating officer Stuart Felton. Exports accounted for nearly 60% of turnover in 2009 compared with 19% in 2007.
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