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 Ratings2.3

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Employees (est.) (Sep 2019)128(-2%)
Revenue (FY, 2018)£40 M(+6%)

World of Books Office Locations

World of Books has an office in Worthing
Worthing, GB (HQ)
Woods Way
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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)
GBPY, 2018

Revenue/Employee

479.7k

Financial Leverage

4.3 x
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World of Books Online and Social Media Presence

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World of Books Blogs

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman |Book Review

There are a number of reasons why I love this book. Firstly, the writing style is just wonderful. Backman uses charm, humour, and wit to really help you warm to a character who can at times be outright mean. The post A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman |Book Review appeared first on World of Books | …

How to be more… Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth Bennet is a classic character that most book lovers admire. As soon as Austen introduces her, the reader is shown a lively young woman full of wit. The truth of the Bennet family circumstances is an upsetting and serious issue. Elizabeth and her sisters need to marry well in order to avoid…

Back to School Reading List for Kids

At World of Books, we believe that reading is the best activity to fill up the hours, escape or connect, and learn. Whatever your children are into, we’ve got just the book! The post Back to School Reading List for Kids appeared first on World of Books | Book Blog.

Wild Geese | Mary Oliver

Oliver has a way of connecting the ability to be one’s self with the significance of individuals coming together in unison. It is easy to be inspired by Mary Oliver’s artistic and honest observations of nature. The post Wild Geese | Mary Oliver appeared first on World of Books | Book Blog.

Top Fives: LGBT+ Novels

We at World of Books agree with Jeanette Winterson in that all books should be for everyone. The books we have chosen for our Top Fives LGBT+ novels highlight the importance of representation in literature, and this is relevant to all people, no matter their identity. Everyone deserves a chance to t…

Becoming – Michelle Obama | Book Review

Reading autobiographies When it comes to autobiographies I tend to go for the ones that allow me to experience life vicariously through the author’s experiences. This usually leads me down the path of rock stars or footballers. Their hedonistic tales are ones that seem so out of this realm that they…
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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 128 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 £312.3 k.

  • Who are World of Books competitors?

    Competitors of World of Books include WHSmith, Next Jump and BookBub.

  • 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 an office in Worthing.

  • How many offices does World of Books have?

    World of Books has 1 office.