Originally established at the University of Glasgow in 1742, John Smith’s is the oldest bookselling company in the English speaking world and remains a vibrant, innovative business under the John Smith's brand.

Our focus has been very much based on investment and the introduction of new products and services to Africa. John Smith Interational have established a strategic presence in Africa with our head office in Botswana.

With a commitment to enhancing student experience and outcomes, John Smith’ have come a long way in developing a chain of academic and professional bookshop services designed specifically to meet the needs of 21st century students.

Today, John Smith's serves the needs of university students and faculty, in both the UK and Africa, and we are proud to have been honoured as the UK Academic and Professional Bookseller of the Year in 7 of the last 8 years.

for Students

We work with your lecturers to make sure that you have the right books and equipment, at the right time and at the right price.

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for Libraries

We offer an international library supply service with the benefit of local expertise, local knowledge and local stock.


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for Universities

We deliver world class bookselling services and bursary management solutions so that you can deliver a world class education to your students.

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for Businesses

We can provide book and information services for practitioners, professionals and businesses.

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