Want to know more about the Book People? Read on for some tips on how you can start earning cashback whilst you shop!
The Book People story started back in 1988 when book enthusiasts Ted Smart and Seni Glaister decided that they wanted to make books available and affordable to everyone. They began their business by delivering a selection of hand-picked favourites to workplaces in the Guildford area by van. Just two years later, there were 140 local booksellers around the UK representing the Book People brand, and visiting everywhere from bakeries to banks, and from schools to hospitals.
Today the business still sells on location, but there have been two big changes over the years: first, the addition of the online shop, which allows Book People to offer a far larger range than it can fit in its vans; second, an expansion into new product categories. Hop onto the Book People site and you'll also find gifts, toys, art supplies and stationery. Here's a closer look at what it has to offer…
Let's start with the basics. Books are Book People's bread and butter, and the website has masses of them at discounted prices. What impresses us is that those low prices also apply to some seriously high-quality reading matter – just check the Literary Fiction section, where you'll find packages of Booker-shortlisted titles, as well as notable recent releases and modern classics. Looking for something more accessible? Crime, action, romance and fantasy are all here too, as well as extensive collections of non-fiction.
If you’re looking for the cheapest buys, check Special Offers under the Fiction and Non-Fiction tabs, where you'll regularly see clearance items and multi-buy deals. Check terms and conditions before buying, as some sale items might not be eligible for cashback.
It's amazing how many books kids get through. In the early days, that's driven by you – because it's a joy to put new board books and activity books in front of baby and watch them get to grips with pages, buttons and flaps. Before you know it they're reading on their own, and doing it voraciously. They have an infinite appetite for Julia 'The Gruffalo' Donaldson and anything that features Peppa Pig; later, they get into their first novels, devouring Roald Dahl, Michael Morpugo, and JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. You can find all that and more at Book People, and – here's the clincher – you can pick up heavily discounted bundles and box sets of many popular authors and series. So you can feed that hunger for books without breaking the bank. Finally, if you've got a dreaded long car journey coming up, there's also a section for children's audiobooks. Stock up, and good luck.
Be sure to explore other Book People collections; there are titles for kids and grown-ups across fiction and non-fiction categories. Let’s face it, there will be some collections that appeal to all ages; Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl books are silly and shareable reads for children and adults alike. Book People has made it easy to find what you’re looking for though, and have categorised books so you can see new releases, children’s classics, and collections in bags.
The choice of adult collections could be the perfect place to find your next bundle of holiday reads. If you’re planning to spend a few lazy days by a swimming pool or on the beach, you’ll have plenty of time to work your way through a trio of books by the same author.
Books aren't just for switching off. Why not choose something that will spark or reignite a hobby or interest? Head to the non-fiction section to find educational and reference books, deep dives into niche topics, and practical guides to achieving your professional, personal and creative goals. Cookbooks are a popular category here, and – as in the fiction section – you’ll be surprised at some of the items you can get big discounts on. Look out for deals on books by TV stars such as Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge, Mary Berry and the Hairy Bikers, along with top-selling recipe collections for special diets. We're also big fans of the Coffee Table Books section (look under Featured), which has pocket-friendly prices on the kind of glossy, high-impact hardbacks you usually only buy at Christmas.
Shopping for school books? They have a whole site to themselves – look for the tab above the Book People logo. Here stock is divided up by Early Years, Primary, Secondary, SATs Revision and Teaching Resources (including phonics sets and books for special needs students). If you don't want to spend too much time browsing, use the handy search box on the homepage, which allows you to select key stage, subject and topic, then jump straight to what you need. It's also worth looking at the Bestsellers, Special Offers and Topic Packs sections, which will take you to the most popular and best-value books and sets.
Back on the main part of the Book People site, you’ll find non-education books that can still help with school and college. Try the Horrible Histories series for an accessible introduction to historical events. And don't forget there's a stationery section too, which is perfect for stocking up as a new term looms.
If you haven’t bought from the Book People website before, you might be wondering how it works. The good news is it's a fully-functional online shop, not just a digital catalogue. You can order and pay online immediately through a secure checkout, and then all you have to do is wait. Product pages themselves are super-useful too, with detailed descriptions and book synopses, as well as all-important reviews from other Book People customers. (Tip: you can sort your book searches by popularity to see which titles shoppers have liked best.) Orders over £25 qualify for free standard delivery, or you can pay a little extra for 48 hour express delivery.
Need some more inspiration? We’ve come up with a few suggestions to help you start earning cashback on your Book People orders today.
If you have kids or grandchildren to care for, you’ll know that the last story of the day is the most important one. Great bedtime stories are a balancing act – they need to be engrossing, but not too dramatic; funny, but not over-stimulating; gentle, but not boring. For younger readers, try picture books such as the Meg and Mog series, Moon Man or Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are (which every home should have a copy of, if you ask us).
For the slighter older readers, why not try out some old-school adventure classics such as The Famous Five? Book People is a bit of an Enid Blyton specialist, with a whole section of the site to work through!
As the early years come to a close and the teenage ones approach, it's easy for the daily reading habit to drop off. If that's where your little ones are, you need the Under 10s and Young Adult sections. In Under 10s you'll find collections of favourite series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter – some of which, particularly the Potter series, remain firm favourites with older kids and even adults.
For young adults, think along the lines of the His Dark Materials and Hunger Games trilogies, or the Maze Runner series. Once again, many of these are hugely popular with grown-ups – so maybe you'll get some use out of them after the kids have finished. You'll have to ask nicely though…
Have you ever sat back and thought, "Okay, I think I'm well-read enough now"? Of course you haven't. Even passionate, lifelong readers have gaps they know they ought to fill – maybe they never made it through hefty novels like Moby Dick or Bleak House; maybe they never made it all the way back to Chaucer and Mallory, or missed out on modernists like Joyce and Woolf. Book People's classics section is ideal for filling those gaps. It's packed with stuff you really should have read, and you won't have to pay too much to get hold of it.
And while we're talking classics, remember they don't have to be highbrow. Why not pick up a few iconic books from your childhood and introduce them to your kids? The Chronicles of Narnia, The Famous Five, Peter Rabbit – times may have changed, but a great yarn is still a great yarn.
All good fiction takes you to another world – but not to the extent that the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres do. Book People has sections devoted to all of them, with some great-value sets of major series, including Frank Herbert's Dune and George RR Martin's brutal epic A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones to its millions of TV-first fans). If you shop carefully, you can also use these sections to help transition young readers to more grown-up fare – from Harry Potter it's a short hop to Ursula K LeGuinn's Earthsea books. Next stop Dorris Lessing or Margaret Atwood?
Book lovers stick together, so if you're a devoted reader there's a good chance some of your friends and family are too. And that makes Book People ideal for gift shopping. If you've lost track of what they're into or want to avoid buying something they've already read – a common problem with fast-developing youngsters and incurably curious adults – you can ask them to make a wish list on the Book People site. You'll find a good range of non-book gifts too, including toys, puzzles and art materials. Top tip: try shopping from both parts of the site to combine a book and a related gift (think a drawing guide and a set of sketching pencils).
By now you're probably ready to start earning cashback – but if you have any more questions about Book People, you might find the answers below. There's also a fuller FAQ section on Book People website.
Yes, through pop-up shops and catalogues. But you’ll need to place your order through the website to qualify for cashback. Some books and promotions are only available online, which gives you an extra reason to go digital!
Orders over £25 qualify for free standard delivery. There's a small fee if you place a lower-value order. If you live in an eligible area, you can also pay a little extra for a 48-hour delivery service. You can review and select your delivery options at checkout.
You can pay with a range of cards and ewallets on the Book People site, including Visa Debit, Visa Credit, Mastercard and Paypal.
You can get in touch with Book People by email, phone or post. The customer service team is available by phone Monday to Saturday, except on bank holidays. You can find the most up to date contact number on the website.
To return an item, you'll need to call the customer service team to get an authorisation number. Depending on your order and the reason for the return, your items can be collected or sent in the post with proof of postage. Refunds take up to 21 days, and replacement items may take 10 days. Damaged or faulty books will be replaced immediately, but you'll need to provide photographic evidence of the problem.
Looking for more book and stationery retailers? We also have cashback deals with high street favourite WHSmith, nationwide bookseller Waterstones, and innovative books marketplace AbeBooks – a great bet if you're trying to track down a hard-to-find title.
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