Cracking the American market is the next big step for The Book Depository. The Gloucester firm already serves 93 countries from its UK website, and launched an American website this year to boost international sales. The company offers 1.8m titles that can be dispatched from its warehouse within 48 hours, and says it ships out 30,000 books a day at an average cost of £6 per order. The firm specialises in niche and hard-to-find titles, and its publishing arm issues 150 out-of-copyright titles a week. Founder Andrew Crawford has overseen sales growth of 78% a year from £10.9m in 2006 to £61.4m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank55
CompanyThe Book Depository
ActivityOnline book retailer
LocationGloucester
Annual sales rise over 3 years77.79%
Latest sales £000s61,421
Staff39
Founded2004
Websitewww.bookdepository.co.uk

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