BOOKBARN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Bookbarn International is one of the UK's largest booksellers, currently holding around 850,000 books. They trade in new, second-hand, and rare books from their Somerset warehouse, shipping all over the world via third party platforms like Amazon, Abebooks, and Barnes & Noble. As one of the only book warehouses open to the public to visit and browse, Bookbarn also run the on-site Full Stop Café and their Darwin Rare Books room, making their premises a real destination for bibliophiles. Using the money raised, they will invest in developing internal software to manage marketplace listings.
The UK's best book warehouse
Our Somerset location is a great destination for bibliophiles and those simply looking for an interesting day out. On-site we have our Darwin Rare Books room, named after our chairman, William's great-great grandfather, Charles Darwin. Inside is an eclectic assortment of hand-picked rare and collectable books from as far back as the 17th century, including books bound with shipwrecked wood and tiny, Victorian thumb dictionaries. Opened in 2017, this is an exciting, new project for Bookbarn. We also created The Full Stop Café, a cosy atmosphere, complete with wood-burner, providing a variety of drinks and healthy, vegetarian food made fresh with local ingredients.
We have our own custom-built software that catalogues and manages our online marketplace listings. This is used to read complex algorithms and dynamically adjust our prices accordingly. Therefore, we're raising funds to prepare for our busy season by further updating and developing this internal software.
Where will the funds go?
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A. Hi Keith, Crowd2fund and Bookbarn are assembling and signing the necessary documentation - bureaucracy of this sort always takes little while. Should be all done by the end of next week. Regards
A. Hi. Thanks for this good question! There are several answers: 1) the software and processes we have built and are continuing to develop mean that our overheads do not increase with increases in sales. 2) We have a healthy stream of books waiting to be processed, thus increasing sales and 3) May to July is the worst part of the year for sales which have a dramatic increase as the academic and book-buying cycle moves into its peak in August..
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