The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited
The BA’s specialist groups represent the interests of those selling within each sector, particularly in their relations with publishers, suppliers and other key organisation. They also act as sounding boards and knowledge centres for both booksellers and the wider trade.

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group is very active and represents the interests of those selling within this sector, especially in relations with publishers, suppliers and other key organisations. There are over 500 members signed up to the Children's Bookselling Group and the committee meet regularly throughout the year. To search for a children’s bookshop, please click here.

To view the executive committee for 2016/2017, please click here.

The Booksellers Association's Christian Booksellers Group is the largest of the Booksellers Association's specialist groups. It represents the views and concerns of Christian booksellers to publishers, suppliers and others and holds a watching brief on the trade.

Some 10% of the 4,300 retail outlets in membership of the BA belong to the Christian Booksellers Group, reflecting the
importance that Christian booksellers place on their work.

Christian bookselling is of a very specialist nature and differs considerably from the rest of the trade.

As a Christian bookseller you are serving God and financial reward may not be uppermost in your mind.

Your work may be constantly hampered by financial concerns.

Your own suppliers or bookclubs may well be making offers to the public which are detrimental to your trade.

The public may be reticent to enter premises which are too obviously Christian or even reticent to enter bookshops which do not reflect the current trends in high street bookselling.

Your mission as a Christian bookseller, together with the difficult circumstances in which you often operate, means you need the Christian Booksellers Group.

Information on the Group

Each year the Group's Annual General Meeting, to which all members are warmly invited, elects an Executive Committee to oversee the Group's work at some four meetings during the year. The Committee divides its responsibilities as follows and individual members of it would be glad to hear from you.

To search for a Christian bookshop, please click here.

To view the executive committee for 2016/2017, please click here.

The BA School Suppliers Group includes all members with an interest in school supply, whether they are solely School Suppliers or Bookshops with school supply business.

The group meet throughout the year with a strong emphasis on publisher-liaison.

The group aims to keep abreast of changes within the sector; in publishing, retail, delivery, schools’ strategy and buying practices, and government and LEA policy.

Group Chair: Richard Heath, Heath Educational Supplies.

The Academic Bookseller Group is active and enthusiastic and represents the interests of those selling within this sector, especially in relations with publishers, suppliers and other key organisations. The Committee meet four times a year and are very involved in the planning of the Academic Booksellers Group Conference held annually. To search for an academic bookshop, please click here.

To view the executive committee for 2016/2017, please click here.

Booksellers Network to Support Young and New Booksellers
 
New for 2016/2017, we're launching a new group for shop floor booksellers: the Booksellers Network, in partnership with HarperCollins and NetGalley.
 
Providing an ideas-sharing, professional development and networking opportunity for younger and newer members of bookselling, the Booksellers Network has been born out of feedback from shop floor booksellers and will help bring booksellers together from across the UK and Ireland.

The Booksellers Network will begin recruiting members from across the bookselling community, with events in the coming months to be announced. 

Katie Clapham from Storytellers Inc. is the Booksellers Network Chair and other booksellers already on board with the Booksellers Network include: Jasmine Denholm of Wenlock Books, Robyn Law from Blackwells, Marion Rankine from Foyles and Charlotte Colwill from Foyles.

Anyone interested in joining the Booksellers Network should contact Meryl.Halls@booksellers.org.uk

Our launch event will take place on 17th January in London - if you would like to reserve a place, please contact Naomi.Gane@booksellers.org.uk

Keep up to date with the Network on Twitter: @Booksellers_Nwk