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
HQWorthing, GB
Founded2005
Size (employees)97 (est)+5%
Websiteworldofbooks.com
World of Books was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Worthing, GB
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World of Books Office Locations

World of Books has an office in Worthing
Worthing, GB (HQ)
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World of Books Financials and Metrics

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Founding Date

2005

World of Books Revenue

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World of Books's revenue was reported to be £37.72 m in FY, 2017
GBP

Revenue (FY, 2017)

37.7m

Gross profit (FY, 2017)

7.7m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2017), %

20.5%

Net income (FY, 2017)

1.5m

EBITDA (FY, 2017)

2.4m

EBIT (FY, 2017)

1.9m

Cash (31-Oct-2017)

1.1m
GBPFY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017

Revenue

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

Revenue growth, %

20%15%

Cost of goods sold

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

Gross profit

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

Cash

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

Accounts Receivable

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

Inventories

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

Current Assets

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

Net Income

13.4k715.8k1.0m672.8k481.0k1.2m1.7m1.5m

Cash From Operating Activities

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

Dividends Paid

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

Cash From Financing Activities

351.5k(180.5k)(180.8k)679.7k(258.6k)(268.3k)(194.4k)
GBPY, 2017

Revenue/Employee

567.6k

Financial Leverage

2.5 x
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World of Books Blogs

The History of the ISBN

You don’t have to be a book enthusiast to be aware of the acronym ISBN, many people will have heard of it even if they have no knowledge of what it stands for. This year marks 50 years since the International Standard Book Number was rolled out worldwide. To celebrate we are taking a look […]

Great series from the the past.

It has been 10 years since the release of The Deathly Hallows, the final installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series that created a global phenomenon. Since the unparalleled success of these stories and no doubt in part due to their financial success, there has been an unending parade of ficti…

Popular Editions | Jane Austen

This week in Popular Editions we are taking a look at one of our most popular authors at World of Rare Books, the magnificent Jane Austen. Austen’s novels have been a mainstay in the literary world since their first publications in the early 1800s and have grown in ever increasing popularity over th…

Popular Editions | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This week we are looking at one of the classics of children’s literature, and our most popular title, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, also commonly published as Alice in Wonderland. This beloved book by Lewis Carroll, has, since its 1865 release, been a mainstay in both literary and popular cultur…

Curiosities at World of Rare Books

Here at World of Rare Books we are lucky to have items and titles ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, from books on obscure subjects to wonderfully weird pieces of ephemera. Take, for example, the 1862 Catalogue of Sanitary Earthenware Appliances by J. Dimmock & Co Sanitary Potters. Peru…

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