The Book People

Buyout / Turnaround

Endless supported the acquisition of The Book People in September 2014, recognising an opportunity to turnaround a business that had been successful in the past, which remained fondly remembered by book readers in the UK, but had been slow to react to new online and multi-channel operations.

With a turnover of £50 million, The Book People built a reputation as one of the nation’s favourite booksellers. It offers its customers a carefully curated range of titles at fantastic prices, delivering up to 70% discount of RRP.  Under Endless ownership we are helping the management team to drive change in the business, allowing it to take advantage of the strong brand recognition it still has in the market and its fantastic pricing.

The Book People will continue to grow its reputation in the market, promote its school offering and provide the best service to its customers through offering innovative new routes to market, underpinned by a strong ESG agenda of improving child literacy in the UK.

Claire Bayliss, The Book People CEO commented “2019 will see the company focusing on building the direct to schools business and launching the Big Book Boost, a programme which will donate over a million books to schools by 2022. We have been the curator of the most wonderful book collections for over 30 years, yet in recent times we have not been visible and we need to change that.”