Andrew Crawford, the founder of this Gloucester firm, was part of the team that helped to launch Amazon.com in Britain. He set up the Book Depository in 2004 to fill an online niche for hard-to-find books. Today it has 1.8m titles that can be dispatched from its warehouse in 48 hours. The company offers free worldwide delivery and has a custom-built system that determines the cheapest and most efficient way of getting a book to a customer. The website’s publishing arm issues 150 out-of-copyright titles a week. Sales at the Book Depository have grown 160% a year from £2.3m in 2005 to £40.2m in 2008.
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