Book Depository plans overseas drive

<p>The Book Depository is planning to expand internationally with country-specific websites, following the appointment of former BookRabbit m.d. Kieron Smith as its new managing director.</p><p>The Book Depository c.e.o. Andrew Crawford told <em>The Bookseller</em>: &quot;We really want to become a world bookseller, and will be working in this direction over the next three to four years.&quot;</p><p>He said the retailer, which has annual sales of &pound;40m, planned country-specific websites, with country-specific pricing, product and content. &quot;The primary focus for the next three to four months will be on getting a new commercial website up and running for the UK and US.&quot;</p><p>The company has also employed the six other BookRabbit employees made redundant from the ArgentVive-owned online retailer last month.</p><p>Social networking books site BookRabbit launched in March, backed by Charles Denton&#39;s ArgentVive group, but in July it made six staff redundant, including Smith, saying that it needed extra investment and had an &quot;unproven revenue model&quot;.</p><p>Smith said he hoped to launch &quot;lots of exciting ideas&quot; over the next 12 months. Crawford founded The Book Depository in 2004.</p>