Your basket is empty

Your shopping basket is empty.

An introduction to the ESB Group

ESB's purpose in life is to promote the major European languages and literatures in the United Kingdom and beyond, and so to contribute in our modest way to a deeper understanding of the enduring European influences within our many different cultures.

The ESB group is the UK's leading specialist distributor, wholesaler and retailer of books and other media in European languages other than English. We represent many major European publishing houses in the UK.

In our on-line catalogue, updated daily, you will find self-study and classroom courses, grammars, reference books, DVDs, CD-Roms, downloadable software and a wide selection of classic, modern classic and popular literature, plus magazines and specialist periodicals, in French, German, Spanish and Italian, Russian, Portuguese, plus selections in Dutch, Swedish, Polish and several other languages. And the range is increasing all the time.

Our catalogue is for everyone interested in these languages, teachers, students and the general public, librarians and booksellers, and all ages from 16 upwards. Our range for younger learners, which you will find at The European Bookshop and at, is especially good. University students, too, will find everything they need here. Our unique student textbook service makes buying reading lists easier and less expensive. The new search engine makes it easy to find what you want, or just to browse at leisure. Shopping is equally easy, and totally secure.

European Schoolbooks Limited offers wholesale services for everything in the catalogue to booksellers, education authorities and commercial organisations in the UK and worldwide. For full Business Partners ESB also offers bibliographic enquiry and special ordering facilities covering most of publishing in the relevant countries.

Our European Bookshop in London is generally recognised by those who know as one of the best foreign-language bookshops in the world. The latest language learning books and materials from both continental and UK publishers are normally kept in stock here, plus the latest continental literature and excellent sections of children's books. Click contact us in the top bar for details.

Latest Blog

Read our latest blog, Brexit - answering to history

We use cookies to help make our website better.

At the moment, your preferences prevent us from using cookies. If you are happy with this please click here otherwise find out more.

How we use cookies

Google Analytics is a marketing tool that allows us to see how our site is used, for example how many visitors we get and which pages are viewed most. This information is anonymous but requires cookies to track your actions on our website.

ShareThis is included in our product pages to provide links to social media tools like Twitter and Facebook, and enable you to bookmark or recommend our pages. ShareThis uses cookies to track how people use its service.

Some cookies are essential to any shopping site such as ours. They are used to keep track of your basket for example and cannot be disabled if you want to use the site at all.

You can find out more about cookies at

If you'd prefer us not to use cookies for Google Analytics and ShareThis, please click here. If you agree to us using cookies please click here.