It's Book People's 30th Birthday!

We're thrilled to announce that this year marks 30 years of Book People! Since this is a very important milestone for us, we wanted to do something special for our customers, so we're going to be doing a month of exclusive money-can't-buy prize giveaways starting from 1st September!

Celebrate with us and win big!

To celebrate our special milestone and to say thank you, we have a whole month of money-can't-buy prize giveaways! Take a look at our competitions page to see what you could win each day and keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on all our giveaways and other exciting goings-on throughout the month. 


This September, you could be in with a chance of winning a Mr Men and Little Miss hamper, signed books and prints, days out for the whole family and many many more prizes you won't find anywhere else. In the mix there is something for all ages and interests so don't miss out on taking part in these fantastic giveaways! 


We'll also be posting and sharing news and information about our birthday on our social media, in our emails and here on our blog so keep an eye on these to join in with the fun. Make sure you're following us on Facebook to see some live interviews and videos starring your favourite authors and celebs! Plus, we'll be having a few special guests writing blog posts for us this month so make sure you check back in on the Blurb to see who our VIP guest writers will be...

Proud to be Book People 

We're proud to say that our 30 years of experience means we know books. Our method of bringing you affordable titles is by carefully selecting our hand-picked favourites and buying these in bulk so that the prices you see are as cheap as we can make them.


Our home-grown business began in 1988 when founders (and book lovers!) Ted Smart and Seni Glaister decided to form a book company with one key goal - to make books available and affordable for everyone. They started out with one white van, delivering books to workplaces in the Guildford area. From there, we expanded and within two years we had 140 local booksellers bringing books to workplaces, schools and hospitals across the country. By 1998, we'd introduced our catalogues and the very website you're reading from now.

Find out all about the story of Book People in the video below: 


Over time we have also worked hard to support schools through our Book Fairs and Book Bus visits. These events not only bring children's books to schools across the UK but also help schools raise money to spend on free books - a great way to stock libraries and classrooms with desperately needed new books. 

In recent years we've also embarked on an exciting project which fostered children's writing skills as well as their love of reading. Our Bedtime Story Competition sees children aged between 5 and 11 tasked with writing a children's story with the winner having their book published by a real publisher, illustrated by a top children's book illustrator and sold exclusively through us at Book People. This year's competition launches on 6th September, so if you know a budding young storyteller, be sure to get them involved.

Thank YOU!

We want to say a big thank you to all of you for being with us for 30 years. Whether you have been with us since the start or made your first order today, we're grateful to you for playing a role in this journey. We also want to thank all the authors and publishers who have worked with us over the past three decades for all the fantastic books that we've had the joy of sharing with all of you. 

We're all very proud that we've been able to bring you 30 years of hand-picked favourites at unbelievable prices and we can't wait to bring you many more in years to come!