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An Introduction to the ESB Group

European Schoolbooks Ltd (ESB) is the United Kingdom’s leading specialist wholesaler, distributor and retailer of European language-teaching resources and literature. We represent many major European publishing houses.

On our websites and in our European Bookshop and Italian Bookshop in London you will find classroom and self-study courses, reference books, grammars, DVDs, CD-ROMs, downloadable resources, games, magazines and periodicals, as well as a wide range of literature, including classic literature, modern literature and readers.

We supply booksellers, educational organisations and private individuals in the UK and worldwide.

Our Services

Publisher Representation

We provide sales, marketing and distribution services in the UK for publishers in continental Europe.

“It has been a hard year of work but working with professionals like you makes it worth it.” (Spanish publisher)
“30 yrs in the business and I still love working with booksellers who care & know what they’re doing.” (Italian publisher)


We hold a vast stock of books and other resources in Cheltenham, from where we distribute orders to trade customers, educational organisations and private individuals.

“I have to say that all of you are really lovely and helpful. Simply wonderful!” (Bookshop chain)
“Your parcels have already arrived! Wow! What service! I am impressed!” (Language school)

European Bookshop and Italian Bookshop

Our bookshop in London offers books and other materials for learners, teachers and readers of languages including French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian. Our staff includes fluent speakers of English who are also native speakers of French, Italian, Spanish and German.

“The staff at European Bookshop have gone the extra mile for me on several occasions. If they can’t find a book for you, nobody else can!!!”
“The Italian Bookshop in London is the best independent bookstore where one can get not only Italian Literature but great recommendations, advice and knowledge on all things literary. I have been going for 25 years and they have never failed to impress. Roll on the next 25 years! La migliore libreria italiana.”

Our shop organises regular author events. You can find information about forthcoming events on the Events page on our European Bookshop and Italian Bookshop websites.

“Tutti parlavano con grande entusiasmo dei vostri eventi in generale ed hanno ragione: sono tra i più’ piacevoli a cui io ho partecipato.” (Author)
“I really couldn't have imagined a better venue than the European Bookshop.” (Author)

Online Ordering

We have a selection of ecommerce websites. Our European Schoolbooks website is for trade customers, our European Bookshop and Italian Bookshop websites are for private individuals, our single-language websites are for customers who are interested in a particular language, our English Bookshop website is for students of English as a Foreign Language, and our Young Europeans Bookshop website is for linguists under 15 years of age. Links to all our websites can be found by clicking ‘All Our Sites’ in the menu at the top of this page.

“I have placed the order. What a doddle! I wish all websites could be so quick.” (Customer)
“Great speedy service! Selected these yesterday and they arrived today.” (School librarian)


We work closely with language-teaching organisations throughout the UK, providing stock, discount, recommendations and other support services. For more information about the support that we can offer your educational organisation or to submit a request to join our partner programme, please visit our Partners pages.

“As a language school director, we have used the European Bookshop/ESB for nearly 25 years and are very happy with their services.”


As part of our marketing activities we display books and other resources at dozens of language events each year. Details of forthcoming exhibitions can be found by following us on social media and on the Events page on our Italian Bookshop and European Bookshop websites.

“Whenever I am at a conference and the European Bookshop has a stand, I end up finding something of interest and buying it!” (Language teacher)

Customer Service

Supporting our customers in all the services that we offer are our dedicated Customer Services staff and Bookshop staff. Our staff look forward to serving you.

“Thank you sincerely for the best customer service.” (Customer)
“I have dealt with you for more than 40 years and have always been impressed with your service.” (Customer)

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