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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2578 - July 04, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    3 of 3

Amazon to Acquire The Book Depository in UK

By Ina Steiner
July 04, 2011

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Amazon UK issued a press release announcing it has reached an agreement to acquire The Book Depository International, an online bookseller offering over six million books for delivery worldwide.

Amazon Vice President of European Retail Greg Greeley said in the statement, "Customers in more than 100 countries enjoy The Book Depository's vast selection, convenient delivery and free shipping. The Book Depository is very focused on serving its customers around the world, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Amazon family."

According to its website, The Book Depository is the UK's "largest dedicated online bookseller," offering over six million unique titles, available for shipping within 48 hours to over 100 countries. It supplies books from publishers, distributors and wholesalers, and from other retailers, as well as republishing books that are no longer in print using its Dodo Press imprint.

"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," the company states.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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