World of Books

Established by a group of dedicated book lovers, over the past 10 years World of Books has seen inventory grow from 1,000 books to over 2 million in stock.
We appreciate the impact a good book can have and can relate to the excitement of a new page turner or the familiar joy of an old favourite. We all like the idea of saving a little extra cash too, so when we found out about how many good quality used books there are out there, we just had to let you know.
Using an advanced inventory system, World of Books matches good quality used books with those that are looking for them. From popular fiction to rare finds, we find new homes for over 9 million items every year for customers in 90 countries worldwide.
All of our books are checked for quality before they go on sale and we like to think that our prices mean that no book is beyond your budget.

Company Growth (employees)
Worthing, GB
Size (employees)
71 (est)-2%
World of Books was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Worthing, GB

World of Books Office Locations

World of Books has an office in Worthing
Worthing, GB (HQ)
Woods Way

World of Books Data and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date


World of Books Financial Metrics

World of Books's revenue was reported to be £32.4 m in FY, 2015 which is a 15% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2015)

32.4 m

Revenue growth (FY, 2014 - FY, 2015), %


Gross profit (FY, 2015)

6.4 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2015), %


Net income (FY, 2015)

1.2 m

Cash (31-Oct-2015)

1.6 m
GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015


23.6 m28.3 m32.4 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

19.7 m24.2 m26.1 m

Gross profit

3.9 m4.1 m6.4 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Pre tax profit

717.8 k510.1 k1.5 m

Net Income

672.8 k481 k1.2 m
GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015


609.9 k484.6 k1.6 m

Accounts Receivable

341.5 k382.3 k296.7 k

Current Assets

4.1 m4.3 m5.7 m


1.1 m867.8 k791.6 k


76.2 k19.7 k

Total Assets

5.2 m5.3 m6.5 m

Accounts Payable

1.8 m1.9 m1.9 m

Current Liabilities

2.9 m2.7 m4 m

Total Liabilities

3.5 m3 m4.1 m

Retained Earnings

457.8 k481 k191.9 k

Total Equity

1.7 m2.2 m2.4 m

Financial Leverage

3 x2.4 x2.7 x
GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015

Cash From Operating Activities

(62.7 k)674.1 k2.7 m

Cash From Financing Activities

679.7 k(258.6 k)(258.6 k)

Income Taxes Paid

(45 k)(29.1 k)(279.3 k)
Y, 2015

Financial Leverage

2.7 x

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