Pimp My Book is a chain of student retail stores that was founded in 2006 and now has its head office in Observatory, Cape Town. Having started with one store at the University of Cape Town, we have since expanded to the Universities of Stellenbosch, Free State and UNISA. We are currently in the process of opening a store at the University of Johannesburg.
Pimp My Book (PMB) specialises in products that students need to succeed in their studies; this includes textbooks,
stationery, electronic products and accessories. PMB is built on the niche of serving students who struggle to afford textbooks. As such we provide a service where students can buy used textbooks or sell them back for cash. PMB is the
biggest and best provider of used textbooks in the country, and is the fourth largest academic bookstore chain in South Africa.
Our Bursary division assists bursary funds to save on academic materials which they procure for their bursars. This service ensures that they save money and that academic materials are delivered to their students on time.
Our Entrepreneurial Roots
Pimp My Book was born in 2006 in the dormitory room of Mpodumo Doubada at the University of Cape Town where he was a student at the time. He was attempting to assist his friends to sell their old textbooks but the idea soon caught fire across campus. Within a few weeks his entire room was packed with books and students streaming in and out to get their hands on those books. Today Pimp My Book has stores across the country and 16 full time people.