Book Depository was founded in 2007 by a former Amazon employee named Andrew Crawford. The company quickly distinguished itself by becoming one of a handful of online book retailers to ship all around the world and accept payment in a number of different currencies. Book Depository has offered free shipping worldwide from the date of its inception, inviting the envy of other book giants, like Amazon. In 2011, Amazon opted to buy Book Depository, and the company has since adopted more efficient shipping methods and expanded its catalog to over 17 million titles. Book Depository has distribution centers in the UK and Australia and proudly ships to any location in the USA.