The Love of Reading
In 2004, AwesomeBooks was founded by a group of people who loved reading and wanted to spread the love with like minded bookworms. They found that despite the sometimes pricey nature of tomes on highstreet, there were many other cheaper sources of books which were either being thrown away, were sitting around idle on dusty bookshelves or being sent directly to paper recyclers for pulping. Having experimented in one unfortunate mother's basement (sorry Mum!) to see if these could be sold online, they found there was great demand for used books and that customers always knew a good bargain when they saw one.
Since then, AwesomeBooks has grown many times over to find new sources of quality books (ranging in condition from used to brand new) and to make these available to customers at low cost. We now stock over two million items at our distribution centre so that we can provide our customers with the widest possible range of books, in as many different conditions as they might prefer - used if your on a budget, or new if you want that cosy feeling of turning a crisp new page for the first time. When someone places an order for a book, it's almost always leaves one of our warehouses within 24hours, travelling to the waiting soul who snapped it up. Our customers might be serviced from any one of our warehouses located in the South East of the UK or on the East Coast of the USA - we always use whichever facility gets the book to the customer fastest.
We want your shopping experience to be hassle free everytime, so we keep our delivery charges low and easy to understand (free shipping to UK, USA, Canada and most of Europe at present) and we guarantee an email response to any query within 24 hours. If anything does go wrong (sorry...we're only human), then our guarantee to all customers is that we will never leave them out of pocket and will accept any return back to us within 30 days of you receiving it...for any reason! Can't say fairer than that...
At this point, we have to give a massive shout out to all our fantastically loyal customers. The amount of books you buy from us is absolutely incredible, we still gawk when we see that 18 book order for an avid James Patterson fan go through - love you guys, it is our pleasure to serve you day in day out (join our facebook page and share the love!), you are the reason we exist!
Making a Difference
Each year, over 15 million books travel through our warehouse from our suppliers. Some we list for sale, some we have to recycle because their condition is not good enough for resale and some we take home to read (...when the boss is not looking). Ultimately though, there are literally hundreds of thousands of books which are surplus to requirements by the time we are done with them, but perfectly good for the educational content or just plain entertainment they might provide. At AwesomeBooks, we think this "power" we have in our hands deserves to be put to good use. We currently sort through our surplus stock and break it down for the various charitable partners we work with. Whether they need books for school libraries in Pakistan, for community libraries in Ghana or for charity raffles at Hospice fundraisers in the UK - we send books free of charge to these organisations so they can put our books to good use. We will be posting more details about our projects shortly.