Get behind the scenes with us and explore the re-use revolution
It all began when a group of book loving entrepreneurs noticed a bag of books in charity shop bin destined for landfill. Our founders rescued them on the spot, determined to give them a second life.
Over the last two decades, we have grown from a start-up into a leading global seller of quality used books and pioneers in re-use and recycling. Our inventory has grown to over seven million items in stock and we sell a book somewhere in the world every two seconds.
We are a circular economy, for-profit business founded on the ethos to do good, help charities and make a positive impact.
Our business model is designed to protect the planet by enabling more goods to be reused. We are committed to creating positive impact for communities, the environment and our people in an effort to achieve a more sustainable future.
In 2018, we were awarded B Corporation® (B Corps™) status – a businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. In short, we care about people and the planet.
We are comprised of three re-commerce technology companies that feed into our circular economy business model.
World of Books is a leading global seller of used books online to millions of customers; directly, through third party platforms and wholesale partners. The business supports charities and are pioneers in the re-use and recycling of unwanted books.
Ziffit is a free and easy to use app and website to sell unwanted books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and games for cash. One of the largest trade-in sites in the UK, the Ziffit business model is 100% circular. Ziffit has also been developed to power instore 'buyback' (trade-in for credit) partnership programs in new book shops; further closing the loop on new book purchase, use and reuse.
Shopiago is an online sales software product that is utilised by charities to generate additional revenue for good causes and enable more goods to be reused. It is the UK’s only listing software designed to meet the unique needs of the charity retail sector.
Livingbridge ("Livingbridge") bought a majority stake in World of Books in July 2021. They are a mid-market private equity firm investing in fast growing companies in the consumer markets. Their vast experience in supporting mission-led businesses will enable us to maintain our high standards as a certified B-Corp company, and support our vision to become a global leader in re-commerce.
Our owners are here to help us grow and, in turn, maximise our social and environmental impact.