This smith is far from anonymous. wh smith (known simply as "whsmith") is one of the uk's largest book and magazine sellers. the company's more than 600 high street stores sell reading materials, stationery, and movies. whsmith also runs more than 560 travel shops in london and regional airports, railway stations, hospitals, and motorway service areas that offer selected newspapers, magazines, tobacco, and confectionery. additionally, it operates the internet site whsmith direct (the uk's second-largest online bookseller behind amazon), and its smiths news wholesale business is the largest magazine and newspaper distributor in the uk, supplying about 23,000 retailers daily.