World of Books

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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.

TypePrivate
Founded2005
HQWorthing, GB
Websiteworldofbooks.com
Employee Ratings3.6

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Employees (est.) (Sept 2020)161(-1%)
Revenue (FY, 2018)£40 M(+6%)
Cybersecurity ratingDMore

World of Books Office Locations

World of Books has offices in Worthing and Warrawee
Worthing, GB (HQ)
Woods Way
Warrawee, AU
7 Winton St
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World of Books Financials and Metrics

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Founding Date

2005
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World of Books Revenue

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World of Books's revenue was reported to be £39.98 m in FY, 2018
GBP

Revenue (FY, 2018)

40.0m

Gross profit (FY, 2018)

9.1m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2018), %

22.7%

Net income (FY, 2018)

764.4k

EBITDA (FY, 2018)

1.9m

EBIT (FY, 2018)

1.4m

Cash (31-Oct-2018)

3.4m
GBPFY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Revenue

7.2m15.3m18.7m23.6m28.3m32.4m37.9m37.7m40.0m

Revenue growth, %

20%15%

Cost of goods sold

6.3m13.3m15.3m19.7m24.2m26.0m30.0m30.0m30.9m

Gross profit

877.3k2.0m3.4m3.9m4.1m6.5m7.9m7.7m9.1m
GBPFY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Cash

1.0k27.0k89.3k682.7k840.5k609.9k484.6k1.6m3.2m1.1m3.4m

Accounts Receivable

239.4k339.6k180.6k218.1k341.5k382.3k1.1m217.5k229.9k234.4k

Inventories

112.3k369.5k375.1k562.4k951.6k954.1k987.8k1.1m1.3m2.0m

Current Assets

1.0k378.7k994.0k1.9m3.0m4.1m4.3m5.7m6.2m8.4m8.1m
GBPFY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Net Income

13.4k715.8k1.0m672.8k481.0k1.2m1.7m1.5m764.4k

Cash From Operating Activities

(147.4k)1.2m1.0m(62.7k)674.1k2.7m3.7m(299.5k)5.7m

Dividends Paid

200.0k250.0k215.0k1.0m1.0m1.0m2.3m

Cash From Financing Activities

351.5k(180.5k)(180.8k)679.7k(258.6k)(268.3k)(194.4k)
GBPFY, 2008

Financial Leverage

1 x
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World of Books Cybersecurity Score

Cybersecurity ratingPremium dataset

D

68/100

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World of Books Online and Social Media Presence

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World of Books News and Updates

Virgin Money Giving & World of Books urge public to Declutter & Donate

Virgin Money Giving and global seller of used books World of Books Group are asking the public to #DeclutterandDonate unwanted books, games, DVDs and CDs in the run-up to Giving Tuesday Now on 5 May. The additional date of public fundraising for 2020 was announced by Giving Tuesday’s organisers as a…

World of Books Blogs

Blood Orange – Harriet Tyce | Book Review

Harriet Tyce was a barrister in London before completing an MA in Creative Writing: Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia. Blood Orange is her debut novel, and she uses her professional legal knowledge and experience in aid in the character-building and main storyline of the book. I look fo…

Variations on the Word Love | Margaret Atwood

Variations of the Word Love was published in her collection True Stories in 1981. This book of poetry questions the very meaning of writing, opening up a dialogue within the poems that is often self-reflective. The post Variations on the Word Love | Margaret Atwood appeared first on World of Books |…

The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe | Book Review

The Right Stuff isn’t light on facts and technical jargon, but there is a way he tells this as a story - interspersing the deep ins-and-outs of the missions with the banality of real life. Wolfe doesn’t take the easy path of focusing on the astronauts. He embellishes by including their families as p…

Top Five: Fantasy Book Series

With all the uncertainty in the world right now and everyone spending more time stuck indoors than ever before, we all need somewhere to escape. Where better than the fictional worlds of our favourite books? We’ve deep-dived into our fantasy fiction books and pulled out our top five favourite fantas…

Sonnet 98 | William Shakespeare

Let’s take a closer look at a lesser-known number in the collection, Sonnet 98. A comparatively easy read, this sonnet needs little analysis. The first line, though perhaps not as catchy as ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ or ‘Let me not to the marriage of true minds’, it seems to ask and a…

Top Five: Influential Female Poets

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we have decided to share our top five influential female poets. Our list contains poets from different decades with very different styles. Think yourself a bit of a poetry nerd? See if there are any in our list that you’ve never …
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World of Books Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was World of Books founded?

    World of Books was founded in 2005.

  • How many employees does World of Books have?

    World of Books has 161 employees.

  • What is World of Books revenue?

    Latest World of Books annual revenue is £40 m.

  • What is World of Books revenue per employee?

    Latest World of Books revenue per employee is £248.3 k.

  • Who are World of Books competitors?

    Competitors of World of Books include Scholar's Choice, Okanagan Regional Library and Acadzone.

  • Where is World of Books headquarters?

    World of Books headquarters is located at Woods Way, Worthing.

  • Where are World of Books offices?

    World of Books has offices in Worthing and Warrawee.

  • How many offices does World of Books have?

    World of Books has 2 offices.