The Book Depository is closing down after almost two decades in business.

The company, which is owned by Amazon, confirmed the move on social media.

Why is it closing?

The decision was confirmed on 4 April when the company used Twitter to announce their closure.

It comes after parent company Amazon announced major changes and cost cutting exercises in their book selling department.

Amazon chief executive, Andy Jassy, said in a January blog post that more than 18,000 roles would be cut across the company, and discussed “the hard decision to eliminate a number of positions across our devices and books businesses”.

“We are working to support those who are affected and are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and external job placement support,” Mr Jassy added in the blog.

In March, a further 9,000 job cuts were announced.

The Book Depository Twitter account read: “We are sorry to let you know that Book Depository will be closing on 26 April 2023. You can still place orders until midday (12pm BST) on 26 April and we will continue to deliver your purchases and provide support for any order issues until 23 June 2023.

“From all of us at Book Depository we want to say “thank you.” Delivering your favourite reads to you since 2007 has been a pleasure. You’ll find more info in our FAQs:

“I can confirm that we’ve taken the difficult decision to close Book Depository,” an Amazon spokesperson told the BBC.

Book Depository was founded by Andrew Crawford, who is a former Amazon employee, and Stuart Felton in 2004. It was bought by Amazon seven years later, and has offices in London, Gloucester, Madrid, Cape Town and Chennai.

Can I still make orders?

The company says: “You will still be able to place orders up until midday (12pm BST) on 26 April, 2023. After 26 April, 2023, we will no longer accept new orders.

“f your pre-order is released before the 26 April, 2023, we will aim to deliver this to you within our normal delivery times. Please bear in mind that release dates may change and we may not be able to fulfil your pre-order. If it is not possible to ship your pre-order by the 26 April, 2023, we will let you know and issue a refund to the payment method used to place the order.”

What has been said?

Fans of the store have been lamenting the decision to close.

New Zealand-based author and poet Lang Leav tweeted: “Sad to hear the news. A huge loss for all of us.”

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