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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

At Bookbarn International, we house nearly a million books in our impressive warehouse – one of the only ones of its kind, where members of the public are free to visit and browse, in the UK. We're also among the largest booksellers in the country, dealing in new, second-hand, and rare books, acquired from book dealers, schools, libraries, and so on. We then sell globally on 21 different online platforms to 10 different countries, which then opens up our reach to 245 countries internationally, and process on average 600 orders a day. These platforms include well-known names such as Amazon, Abebooks, eBay, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones Marketplace, and Biblio.

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.

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Business keeps the raised amount even if target is not met.
Revenueshare - product type
Tranche (2 of 2)
£ 30k
Raised
£ 30k
Investors
162
Estimated close date
Funded 16 days ago in 3 days

Where will the funds go?

Develop internal software
£29,648

Key people

William Pryor
Director
Nick Bates
CEO
Fenna Leake
COO
Red cup

Investor rewards

Get stuck into a good book

If you invest £500 - £999
£15 off retail value of leather-bound book(s) or Books By The Yard; or £20 voucher to spend in-store

Double up

If you invest £1,000 - £4,999
£30 off retail value of leather-bound book(s) or Books By The Yard; or £40 voucher to spend in-store

Bibliophile bundle

If you invest £5,000 - £9,999
£50 off retail value of leather-bound book(s) or Books By The Yard; or £70 voucher to spend in-store

The books are on us!

If you invest £10,000+
£100 off retail value of leather-bound book(s) or Books By The Yard; or £120 voucher to spend in-store

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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
William Pryor

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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Business brand

London, UK

"The UK's best book warehouse"

Incorporated
17 years, 5 months
Equifax score
84 / 100
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