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We're pleased to announce the winners of the Best of the Best, as part of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award.

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards sponsored by National Book Tokens shortlists revealed

Introducing the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

Introducing The Booksellers Network


The Booksellers Association is holding the first Bookshop Day for the UK and Ireland on Saturday 8th October and it will also continue its Books Are My Bag campaign, now in its third year.

A campaign celebrating the pleasure of reading.

Registration is open for the 2016 BA Conference -Warwick University 11-12 September.

This year's Programme 'Breaking Good' will explore how bookselling is breaking down barriers and challenging the traditional bookshop model. We'll hear from trade speakers about the innovation we've seen in bookselling over the past year, and what booksellers might do to continue to florish.

As well as a packed business programme, there will be plenty of networking time and some lovely author events for booksellers.

Gardners are again sponsoring booksellers to attend this event for FREE.

New for 2016: This year we are laying on an extra evening for booksellers who want to continue to network after the conference. This will include an interactive 'take away' session followed by an author dinner sponsored by Michael Joseph.

Further information including booking details available here


The BFG Is My Bag 

The Independent Bookshop Week Book Award winners have been announced

BAMB 2017 calendar order deadline extended

Bestselling author and bookshop devotee James Patterson has announced that a further 62 successful independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland have been granted funds following the final phase from the James Patterson Independent bookshop fund initiative.

                                            Winstone's Books

Coralie Bickford Smith Limited Edition Collector’s
Books Are My Bag Tote 2016 

We're absolutely thrilled to introduce Rosamund de la Hey as the new BA President. 

  • Coralie Bickford-Smith, much-loved artist, acclaimed book jacket designer and author of The Fox & The Star, to design BAMB 2016 artist’s edition collectors bag
  •  2016 children’s bag, to be produced by Egmont Publishing to feature best-loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh in his 90th Anniversary Year

Booksellers, you should now have received your POS kits for this year's Wellcome Book Prize. 

A reminder to order Hay Bays if you haven't yet.

Read the BA's Manifesto "Bookselling for Britain". 

​This morning, we're thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 10th annual Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Award.


We're thrilled to be working with Hay Festival again for 2016. 

THE GIFTS OF READING BY ROBERT MACFARLANE: An autobiographical essay commissioned in
celebration of Independent Bookshop Week 2016.

Announced today, the shortlists for The Bookseller British Book Industry Awards has been announced

Poet's National UK Tour Celebrates Independent Bookshop Week's 10th Anniversary

The Bookseller Regional Independent Bookshop of the Year Winners have been announced. 

New research from the Reading Agency shows that Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is the most popular reading group title in the UK. 

The Independent Bookshop of the Year regional shortlists as part of the Bookseller British Book Industry Awards (BBIA) have been announced.

Would Brexit Be Better For Retail?

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This year marks the 10th anniversary for Quick Reads, and research released today has revealed the remarkable and often untold benefits books can have on our everyday lives, yet over a quarter (27%) of the population has expressed concerns that reading could become a forgotten pleasure.

A day of bookshop activity 

Additional Best of the Best Campaign for 2016 - as IBW Award celebrates 10 years

We're thrilled to be sponsoring the Best Newcomer Award at this year's Publishers' Publicity Circle (PPC) Awards which includes publicists from John Murray, Granta, Virgin Books - Ebury, Midas PR for Laurence King Publishing, Portfolio Penguin and Black and White Publishing.

Huge congratulations to everyone on the shortlists.

The Bookseller has expanded its industry awards, with the 2016 ceremony to celebrate the books of the year as well as the wider trade.

Registration is open for the annual Academic Book Trade Conference (17-18th March)

This year's conference highlights include:

A keynote address by Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent offering advice for the industry in promoting reading

Profressor Kathryn Sutherland (University of Oxford) on the Academic Book of the Future initiative and what it means for academics and our industry.

An interactive session led by Jennie Blake, Library Learning Development Manager at the University of Manchester, who will ask you to look at the resources you offer through the eyes of a student

Speed-dating for publishers and booksellers before business sessions get underway

The celebratory APS awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday evening

To view the full programme and to register to attend visit the website

The Costa Book Awards Category Winners were announced on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on 4th January.

2015 Category Winners
Costa First Novel Award: The Loney, by Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray)

Costa Novel Award: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)

Costa Biography Award: The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf (John Murray)

Costa Poetry Award: 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson (Faber & Faber)

Costa Children's Book Award: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on the 26th January

For updates and further information visit the Costa Book Awards website 
For information on how to enter the Costa Book Awards contact Naomi Gane


                               BookTrust Advent Calendar

Accent Press launches a new competition encouraging shoppers to support independent publishers and bookshops this Christmas.


Public Chooses Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as Most Influential Academic Book in History.

Results of public vote revealed during world’s first Academic Book Week
On the Origin of Species is overwhelming favourite with 26% of vote


Booksellers, did you know that BAMB has designated Saturday 28th November as Civilised Saturday?

The top 20 academic books that have changed the world has been revealed. 

1800 Bookshops to celebrate the start of the Christmas season on Super Thursday
Books Are My Bag festivities expected to attract Christmas shoppers
Around 1,800 Bookshops across UK and Ireland are gearing up to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with a three day in-store festivity, Books Are My Bag.

Bookshops allocated grants to “Get Children Reading”
London, UK.  8 September, 2015.  Bestselling author and bookshop devotee James Patterson has announced 69 successful independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland to be allocated a share of £110,000 in grants, following his latest pledge in April 2015 to donate £250,000 over the next year. 

Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) is seeking academic booksellers, publishers, libraries and researchers to host events from 9-16 November celebrating the first-ever Academic Book Week. The week will bring all of these groups together to celebrate the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books and debate the key issues facing academic books in current and future contexts.

The winners of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award have been announced. 

Registration is open for the BA Conference 2015. The Conference will take place on the 20-21st September, Warwick University.
Last year’s programme celebrated the Renaissance Bookshop. This year’s programme is all about maintaining that momentum through the Revaluation of Books and Bookshops, in the mind of consumers, the industry, the media, and beyond.
Programme highlights include a keynote address from Richard Osman, Writer and Presenter of Pointless, a BA update on Trade wide campaigns including BAMB, an energetic and interactive session on bringing your brand to life led by Damian Horner, Brand Development Director of Hachette, a close look at the ‘Value Chain’ with contributions from every link in the industry who has a role in bringing the book to life – from author through to book buyer.
In addition to this, the popular fever pitch will be held in the afternoon giving publishers the opportunity to pitch their forthcoming titles to every bookseller attendee. And there will be time to relax over a networking lunch for all delegates beforehand.
The Conference officially kicks off after the Gardners Tradeshow on Sunday with a Bookseller Brains Trust Session – a series of interactive round table ‘masterclasses’ led by booksellers on a range of topics including social media, securing grants and funding, school supply, non-book product.
The Conference Supper on Sunday evening will be sponsored by The Independent Alliance who will be bringing several guest authors to join us in celebrating the Alliance’s 10th anniversary. All delegates are very welcome.
This year, all events on Sunday and Monday will take place under the roof of the Rootes Conference Centre, and we’ve secured some very reasonably priced delegate accommodation on the Conference Park too, less than a 5 minute walk from the Conference Centre.
Once again, Gardners Books are very kindly sponsoring bookseller attendance meaning that BA members attend the Conference for free.
Booksellers, publishers, authors and other trade professionals should not miss this unique opportunity to come together and do business. We hope you like the programme and we look forward to receiving your booking form.
For more information and to book online visit

The annual Bookseller Industry Awards took place last night, Monday 11th May 2015 at the Hilton Park Lane in London.

Books Are My Bag Calendar for 2016

To BA members, a reminder that the Bookseller has an ongoing discounted offer to both UK and Irish members.


Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson, has announced the second round of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland to receive grants following his pledge to donate £250,000 in June 2014. 
Over £130,000 has already been allocated to 73 independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland following the first round of applications in September 2014.  The remaining grant allocation of £120,000 has now been allocated to a further 68 bookshops, enabling even more initiatives to get underway that will help get children reading.
Donations will be used to fund ventures ranging from refurbishment and expansion of children’s sections, to organising a bedtime reading project and pyjama day, to creating a mobile ‘book bus’.  The grants will allow carpet, shelving and signage to be replaced and will ensure further outreach to local schools, as well as providing the means for in-store events and book clubs for children.
Any independent bookshop with a dedicated children’s book section was eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000.  Patterson is committed to bringing attention to the important contributions of independent bookshops, and he is especially concerned with inspiring children to become lifelong readers.  In a similar initiative in September 2013, Patterson pledged $1 million to bookshops across the US.
Following the success of this year’s grants, and the exciting work being implemented by bookshops across the country, James Patterson is also announcing a second donation of £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland in an unprecedented show of financial support by an individual for the sector.
James Patterson says: “I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants second time round, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been very exciting to see the ideas from the first round in action.  I have again worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference and I’m excited to follow their progress.  I can’t wait to see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose for next year.”
Tim Walker, President of The Booksellers Association, says: “We are very much looking forward to seeing the grant funding being implemented by the successful bookshops.  We are thrilled that so many UK and Irish indies have shown such creativity and passion in their applications.  For the lucky shops, the James Patterson money will make a real difference to how they reach children and encourage them to read.  The announcement of a further donation of £250,000 is fantastic news for bookshops and anyone who loves reading. We are delighted that James Patterson is continuing to act on his love of bookshops and his appreciation of their vital importance to cultural and community life.”
Eligible bookshops can apply for a grant via the Booksellers Association website:
The independent bookshops to be allocated grants in the second round are:
A Bundle of Books                                           Herne Bay       
Aardvark Books                                               Bucknell
Alison’s Bookshop                                           Tewkesbury
Bay Tree                                                          Glossop
The Book Fayre                                               Woodhall Spa
The Book Nook                                               Hove
The Bookcase                                                  Hebden Bridge
Bookends                                                         Carlisle
Bookseller Crow on the Hill                              Crystal Palace, London
The Bookshop                                                  Loughton
The Bookshop Kibworth                                  Kibworth
Bookworm Bookshop                                      Thurles
Brendon Books                                                Taunton
Carrigaline Bookshop                                       Carrigaline
Castle Hill Bookshop                                        Richmond
Caxton Books & Gallery                                  Frinton-on-Sea
Chapter One                                                    Woodley
The Children's Bookshop                                  Huddersfield
Choice Words                                                  Plymouth
Chorleywood Bookshop                                   Chorleywood
Christian Books                                                Dunstable
The Cobham Bookshop                                    Cobham
The Corsham Bookshop                                   Corsham
Crannog Bookshop                                          Cavan
Deeside Books                                     Ballater
A Festival of Books                                          Chipping Campden
Forum Books                                                   Corbridge
Gerrards Cross Bookshop                                Gerrards Cross
Griffin Books                                                    Penarth
Grove Bookshop                                              Ilkley
Gullivers Bookshop                                          Wimborne
Hinton’s of Conwy                                           Conwy
Ilfracombe Bookshop                                       Ilfracombe
Kenilworth Books                                            Kenilworth
Liber Bookshop                                               Sligo
Linghams Booksellers                                       Heswall
Liskeard Book Shop                                        Liskeard
Looking Glass Books                                       Edinburgh
Lutyens & Rubinstein                                        Kensington, London
Mainstreet Trading Company                            St Boswells
Melton Bookshop                                             Melton Mowbray
The Mint House Shop                                       Hustpierpoint
Mostly Books                                                   Abingdon
Mr B's Emporium                                             Bath
News from Nowhere Bookshop                       Liverpool
Nutshell Studios                                                Billericay
Old Hall Bookshop                                          Brackley
Oswald Street Bookshop                                 Glasgow
Palas Print                                                        Caernarfon
Philips Bookshop                                              Mallow
Pickled Pepper Books                                     Crouch End, London
Print Point                                                        Isle of Bute
Raven Books                                                    Blackrock
Review Bookshop                                            Peckham, London
Rickaro Books                                                 Horbury
Rossiter Books                                     Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye
Seven Stories                                                   Newcastle
Steyning Bookshop                                           Steyning
Stroud Bookshop                                             Stroud
The Ullapool Bookshop                                    Ullapool
University Bookseller                                        Plymouth
Urmston Books                                                Urmston
The Village Bookshop                          Terenure
Wenlock Books                                               Much Wenlock
Wivenhoe Bookshop                                        Wivenhoe
The Woodstock Bookshop                               Woodstock
Wymondham Community Bookshop     Wymondham
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop             Nailsworth

For further information including details of the successful independent bookshops awarded grants please contact:
Emily Levy – / 0207 292 7340
Twitter: @thisisPremier 

National Reading Group Day 2015: The Reading Agency launches search for reading groups’ favourite debut author of 2015


                               Lauren Child BAMB

We are delighted to let you know the shortlists for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2015 (IBW Book Award) which has three categories - Adult, Children’s Fiction and Children’s Picture Book.  The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in both the children’s categories will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists.  The winners will be announced on 20th June 2015 - the first day of Independent Bookshop Week.  The shortlisted titles for 2015 are:

Title Author Publisher
H is for Hawk Helen Macdonald Vintage
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan Vintage
Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey Penguin
The Paying Guests Sarah Waters Virago
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Vintage
Nora Webster Colm Toibin Penguin
The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Sceptre
Please, Mister Postman Alan Johnson Corgi
The Children Act Ian McEwan Vintage
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories Hilary Mantel Fourth Estate
Title Author Publisher
Five Children on the Western Front Kate Saunders Faber & Faber
Apple and Rain Sarah Crossan Bloomsbury
The 13-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton Macmillan
A Song for Ella Grey David Almond Hodder
Opal Plumstead Jacqueline Wilson Corgi
The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge Macmillan
An Island of Our Own Sally Nicholls Scholastic
Running Girl Simon Mason David Fickling Books
Itchcraft Simon Mayo Corgi
The Parent Agency David Baddiel HarperCollins
The Farm Beneath the Water Helen Peters Nosy Crow
The Apple Tart of Hope Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Orion Childrens Books
Title Author Publisher
Shh! We Have a Plan Chris Haughton Walker Books
Bears Don’t Read Emma Chichester Clark HarperCollins
Wanted!  Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar Emily Mackenzie Bloomsbury
A Walk in Paris Salvatore Rubbino Walker Books
Use Your Imagination Nicola O’Byrne Nosy Crow
Blown Away Rob Biddulph HarperCollins
The Something Rebecca Cobb Macmillan
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Alex T Smith Scholastic
Never Tickle a Tiger Pamela Butchart & Marc Boutavant Bloomsbury
The Way to the Zoo John Burningham Walker Books
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon Petr Horacek Walker Books
Monsters Love Underpants Claire Freedman & Ben Cort Simon & Schuster
Commenting on his shortlist nomination in the Adult category, Alan Johnson said: "I'm delighted to be shortlisted for this prize. Independent bookshops have a profound sense of what their customers like to read which is why I regard this shortlisting as a particular honour."
Commenting on her shortlist nomination in the Children’s Fiction category, Dame Jacqueline Wilson said:  “I've got a vast collection of books.  They fill every room.  I've had special bookshelves built, but my books have long since spilled off the shelves and are piled high in every corner.  I will have to live to 500 to read them all, but I still can't stop wanting more.  I especially love buying books in independent bookshops.  It's such a delight to go into a shop with a quirky display in the window, and browse shelves stuffed with special treasures.  The staff are always friendly and informed and we often have lovely chats about our favourite books.  I often come away with specially recommended titles.  Long live all the indies!”
Commenting on his shortlist nomination in the Children’s Picture Book category, Alex T Smith said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion has been shortlisted for this fantastic award. There's something a bit magical about independent book shops - each one is different, so you never know what you might find on their shelves, which makes buying a book from them seem like the start of a brilliant adventure..."
The judges for the 2015 award are as follows:
  • Adult Award:
Patrick Neale (Chair); Emma Corfield (Book-ish, Crickhowell); Paul Wallace (David’s, Letchworth); Patrick Gale (author and 2008 IBW Book Award winner) and Cathy Rentzenbrink (Books Editor, The Bookseller)
  • The Children’s and Picture Book Awards:
Patrick Neale (Chair); Polly Jaffe (Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton); Helen Stanton (Forum Books, Corbridge), Nicola Davies (author and 2014 IBW Book Award winner) and Emily Drabble (Children’s Editor, Guardian online)
We will be sending out point of sale kits, featuring the shortlisted titles, to all IBW Bookshops by 20th May.
We will also shortly be revealing our new website for IBW, and will let you know about that asap.

The BA Event Programme at The London Book Fair
Olympia, London - 14th to 16th April 2015
BA Booksellers Centre Stand 4F21
We are delighted to bring you the full programme of BA events at London Book Fair this year.  Our events take place in the High Street Theatre, adjacent to the BA Booksellers Centre at Stand 4F21 (unless otherwise stated).  Visit us on the Stand to see BA, Batch and National Book Tokens staff.
If you are interested in the Hosted Bookseller Programme (a subsidised trip to the Fair for those who have not attended recently) please email
The BA is also promoting London bookshops on our LBF Bookshop Crawls - - and London bookshops should consider listing their bookshop events on the London Book & Screen Week website – designed to promote books, bookshops, film and other culture to Fair visitors in London from 13th to 19th April.
The BA Seminars and events will run throughout the Fair. All of the events are free for BA Members. Seminars on Wednesday are open to everyone. Other events require pre-registration.
Tuesday 14th April
All events will take place in the new High Street Theatre – located next to the BA Bookseller Centre – unless otherwise stated.
9.30 – 12.30pm: Publisher Pitches
12.30 -1.15pm:  Lunch & Networking (participating publishers and booksellers)
1.15 – 4.15pm:   Publisher Pitches
4.15 – 5.00pm:   Afternoon Tea & Networking (participating publishers and booksellers), including brief welcome from LBF Author of the Day Deborah Moggach.
Publishers will be lining up to pitch forthcoming titles to booksellers. There will be two sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon - followed by refreshments and networking. To book your place email on either one or both of the sessions please email (book early, spaces limited)
5.15 – 6.00 pm: BA Annual General Meeting
Venue: Olympia Conference Centre – Hammersmith Road Entrance
Open to all BA Members.
6.00 – 6.45pm:   The London Book Fair Awards Ceremony and Drinks
Venue: Olympia Conference Centre – Hammersmith Road Entrance
All BA members are invited to the ceremony and drinks. RSVP to Naomi Gane (
6.45 – 8.30pm:   Hosted Bookseller Programme Welcome Party
Venue: The Crown & Sceptre, Holland Road, Kensington Olympia
Drinks, food and fun to welcome all Hosted Booksellers to London. If you are not part of the Hosted Bookseller scheme but are a BA member and would like to come please contact
Wednesday 15th April
All events will take place in the new High Street Theatre.   PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMINGS FOR WEDNESDAY SEMINARS.
11.30 am – 2 pm: Seminar: Bookseller Campaigns and PPC Speed-dating
This dual session will kick off with a report on BA plans for campaigns including Books Are My Bag, and Independent Booksellers Week. Joining us will be Jo James to talk about running successful Author events in bookshops. The session will then segue into a Publicist / Bookseller Speed-dating Session – a popular session in 2014 – run in conjunction with The Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC).
Booksellers who wish to take part in the Publicist speed-dating should contact before the 25th March (book early, spaces limited)
2.30 – 3.30pm:  Seminar : Non Book Product: Everything you need to know from sourcing product to managing stock
Speakers: Adam Hewson, RHS Wisley & Abel Dos Santos, Foyles
4.00 – 6.00pm: Children’s Publishers Presentations
In conjunction with the Publishers Association Children’s Book Group, this session bring you the best in forthcoming children’s titles, and is followed  by sponsored drinks. RSVP to Seonaid MacLeod:
Thursday 16th April
1pm – 5pm – Literary Festival Forum, organized by London Book Fair

Storytellers Inc.  The Book Hive

The Bookseller Industry Awards 2015 shortlists have been announced today and we're thrilled to share the following bookselling category shortlists with you: Book Retailer of the Year, Children's Bookseller of the Year, HarperCollins Young Retailer of the Year (in honour of Sue Butterworth), Independent Bookshop of the Year and Manager of the Year.

Book Retailer of the Year

  • Blackwell's
  • Foyles
  • Waterstones

Children's Bookseller of the Year
  • Foyles
  • Storytellers, Inc.
  • The Book Nook
  • The Edinburgh Bookshop
  • Troubadour
  • Waterstones

HarperCollins Young Retailer of the Year, in honour of Sue Butterworth
  • Imogen Hargreaves - Mostly Books
  • Joe Tagg - Blackwell's
  • Louise Corcoran - Foyles
  • Rory Hill - The Book Hive
  • Scott Campbell - Waterstones

Independent Bookshop of the Year
  • Booka Bookshop - Midlands and Wales
  • Caxton Books & Gallery - East England
  • Chorleywood Bookshop - South-East England
  • Regency Bookshop - London
  • Storytellers, Inc. - North England
  • The Edinburgh Bookshop - Scotland
  • The Gutter Bookshop - Ireland
  • The Hungerford Bookshop - South-West England

Manager of the Year
  • Carolyn and Katie Clapham - Storytellers, Inc
  • Janette Cross - Foyles
  • Jen Shenton - Waterstones
  • Marie Moser - The Edinburgh Bookshop
  • Rebecca MacAlister - Blackwell's

Congratulations to everyone on the shortlists. The full list is available on the Bookseller

We are delighted to announce the winners from last night's APS 2015 Awards.

- Chain Bookseller of the Year - John Smith's Bookshop (University of Glasgow branch)

- Bookseller of the Year - Michael Wood (John Smith's Bookshop, Sussex)

- APS Award for Innovation - John Smith's Bookshop for its Aspire Direct bursary platform

- Bookshop of the Year - John Smith's University of Glasgow branch, collected by Linda Leggett

- Publisher of the Year - Oxford University Press

- Rep of the Year - Jon Hopkins, Palgrave Macmillan

Huge congratulations to all of the winners!

Booksellers Association Irish Branch Dinner Dance 2015 - Friday 24th April

Drinks Reception 7.15pm at The Halo Bar, The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1
3 Course Dinner & Dance 8pm at The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

We are delighted to announce that  the 2015 Irish BA Dinner Dance will take place on the evening of Friday 24th April at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin City Centre. It's always a great night and an ideal opportunity to meet other Irish booksellers and publishers, and the annual 'Bookseller of the Year' award sponsored by O'Brien Press will be presented on the evening. The event starts with a drinks reception in The Halo Bar at the Morrison, followed by a sumptuous 3 course dinner in their Printworks room with a guest speaker, and finally a late bar and disco! Any funds raised from the Dinner Dance are used to promote World Book Day and other BA activities in Ireland. We would love as many booksellers as possible to attend!

 Download the booking form here-   Irish-Dinner-Dance-Invite-2015

Dinner Dance Tickets     Booksellers (BA Members)                        €55.00 (£42) each
                                                Others                                                                  €60.00 (£47) each

Regency Bookshop

Scottish booksellers and publishers met in Edinburgh this week for a positive Scottish Book Trade Conference, focussing on book publishing and retailing across Scotland.  Highlights included a keynote address by HarperCollins CEO, Charlie Redmayne, who emphasised the importance of the high street and talked about how innovative and deft the publishing and bookselling industry had been in the light of technological change, but who also urged the industry to keep innovating and collaborating.  See the Bookseller report on his speech here
 Statistics discussed at the Conference reinforced the sense that booksellers on the high street may be seeing some green shoots returning, and that the hard work by high street bookshops to engage their communities, diversify their product range and innovate with their business is starting to pay off.   The conference also saw collaboration in action, with Scottish publishers pitching their forthcoming titles to the assembled booksellers, helping get the right books into the hands of readers through bookshops, and also a fascinating session on bookshop branding, run by Hachette Brand Development Director, Damian Horner.  Damian had visited three Scottish indies and gave a thorough and constructive critique of each of the bookshop brands, pulling out generic suggestions for the other bookshops to apply.  The best bookshop brands convey the values of their business to their customers, draw them in, make them belong and build loyalty – booksellers are adept at doing this and are often right at the heart of the communities where they are situated.
A trade question time panel became very heated, covering some of the burning trade issues, including author care, gender equality for authors and book trade staff, discounting of books by online retailers and supermarkets - booksellers Elaine Henry (WordPower) and Marie Moser (Edinburgh Bookshop) were joined by author Sarah Sheridan and publishers Keith Charters (Strident) and Jane Pike (Canongate).
 The joint event cemented the strong relationship between Scottish book retailers and publishers, and rounded off with a joint session featuring David Lonsdale of the Scottish Retail Consortium’s overview of Scottish retail, and an inspiring session by Canongate’s Jenny Todd on how introducing  books to customers (and especially children) can be a life-changing experience, echoing the World Book Day message #cantlivewithoutbooks
The day culminated in an Author Dinner for booksellers, sponsored by Pan Macmillan, with authors Richard Wiseman, Rod Campbell and Lin Anderson.

Best Small Shops

Mr B's

We're thrilled to announce the full list of businesses that have made the APPSSG Best Small Shops Competition shortlist, including four independent bookshops after receiving over 300 entries. 

Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, Mr B's Emporium of Delights in Bath (pictured), The Book Nook in Hove and the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells have all made the shortlist of 20, after two weeks of assessment and judging by the independent panel of judges. 

All 20 applicants will attend the reception at the House of Commons on 25th February where the Best Small Shop 2015 will be announced. 

Huge congratulations to everyone who has made the shortlist. The full list is below:

Belhaven Bikes, Dunbar
Booka Bookshop, Oswestry
Cocoa Amore, Leicester
Elite Meat, Harrogate
Heath Stores, Horsmonden 
Hunters of Helmsley
Ilsington Village Shop
Jet Wheel Tyre, Benfleet
Kirkcowan Cycles, Newton Stewart
Wise Owl Toys, Worcester
Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath
Nisa Local, Toddington
Observatory The Opticians, Beccles
Piccola Italia, Worthing
SS20, Oxford
The Bakers' Table, Talgarth
The Book Nook, Hove
The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells
The Music Exchange, Nottingham
Village Greens, Charlesworth

The Best Small Shops Judging Panel commented: "We were impressed and delighted by both the number and calibre of the submissions from retailers for the Award. We were humbled by their energy, impressed by their commitment and in awe of the extent to which the best are embedded in their communities. There is no doubt that independent retail is in the hands of creative, innovative, business-savvy individuals who are committed to making their local high street a better place. It was incredibly hard to shortlist, and the range of shops on the shortlist - both geographically and across sectors - is a good indication of the depth and breadth of the talent in evidence. We congratulate all the shortlisted businesses and thank all the retailers who took the time to showcase their shops."

The Best Small Shops Competition is run by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and administered by the Independent Retailers Confederation. Thank you if you were one of the hundreds of small shops that entered the competition, reflecting the width of choice and service available via indie retailers throughout the UK.


Helen Macdonald's memoir H is for Hawk has been named Costa Book of the Year.

The book is the author's personal account of training a goshawk as a way of dealing with grief following her father's death.

H is for Hawk is the sixth biography to take the overall prize and the first in 10 years.

Visit the Costa website for more information on the Costa Book Awards, the 2014 winners and last night's ceremony. 

We are delighted to announce the dates for Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) 2015, previously Independent Booksellers Week, which this year will run from Saturday 20 to Saturday 27 June 2015.
We are now calling for entries for the IBW Book Award 2015, which will play a central role in the Week’s trade and consumer promotional activities.  The deadline to enter is Friday 20 February 2015 and publishers are invited to submit their IBW Book Award entries in three categories - Adult, Children’s and Picture Book.   Submitted titles need to be available in paperback at 20 June 2015, and published between 1 January 2015 and 20 June 2015.

Click here to download the submission form.
IBW Book Award titles are promoted to, and by, booksellers taking part in IBW.  The titles submitted by publishers will be voted on by all IBW booksellers to create the IBW Award shortlist which will be announced on 20 May 2015.   All shortlisted titles will be supported by in-store point of sale materials that will be on display in bookshops participating in IBW nationwide.  The three winners of the IBW Book Award will be announced on 20 June 2015 - the first day of this year’s IBW.
The IBW Book Award judging panels for 2015 are, for the Adult Award: Patrick Neale (Chair); Emma Corfield (Book-ish, Crickhowell); Paul Wallace (David’s, Letchworth); Patrick Gale (author and 2008 IBW Book Award winner) and Cathy Rentzenbrink (reviewer, Prima).  The Children’s and Picture Book categories will be judged by Patrick Neale (Chair); Polly Jaffe (Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton); Helen Stanton (Forum Books, Corbridge), Nicola Davies (author and 2014 IBW Book Award winner) and Emily Drabble (Children’s Editor, Guardian online).
The IBW Book Award 2014 winners were - Adult Category: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan); Children’s Fiction category: Flora & Ulysses by Kate Di Camillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Walker Books) and Children’s Picture Book category: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld (Walker Books).
Full details on entering the award can be found / downloaded from
Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services, BA, said: “The feedback from independent booksellers was a preference for IBW to run in June, rather than straddle two months and run end June and beginning July, so we’ve brought the date forward a little for 2015.   IBW is extremely well established and supported by the trade and, on the back of the momentum created by both last year’s IBW and BAMB, the slight name change will give IBW an even stronger focus for the consumer to support their local high street bookshop.”
For further information, please contact Tracey Jennings, Midas PR
Tel: 020 7361 7860 / Email:

The 2015 APS Conference Programme and booking details are now available from the BA.
The Conference will be held on the 11-12th March at Wotton House in Surrey.

For further information visit the BA APS website or contact Naomi Gane

James Patterson Grants – Second Phase Funding – Deadline 15th January
We are delighted to let you know that the second phase of funding for the James Patterson Grants is open, and the deadline for applying for a grant is 15th January 2015.  The application form is on the BA website
In case you missed it first time around, James Patterson has committed to giving £250,000 to UK and Irish independent booksellers, as a vote of confidence in the sector and to demonstrate his faith in independent bookshops as providers of reader engagement, inspiration, advice, literacy and fun to adults and children alike.
There are no specific criteria for the allocation of the grants, though booksellers should have some demonstrable commitment to children’s books in their shop.  Booksellers need to outline their plans in no more than one side of A4.  The application can be for anything.  James Patterson will have the final say in which grants are allocated, and booksellers will be kept informed of the progress of their application.  Further information is available from

Small Business Saturday - 6th December 

The shortlists for the 2014 Costa Book Awards were announced this Tuesday on Radio 4 Front Row.

The category winners will be announced on the 5th January.

The full shortlists are as follows:

Novel Award:
Neel Mukherjee for The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus) 
Monique Roffey for House of Ashes (Simon and Schuster)
Ali Smith for How to Be Both (Hamish Hamilton) 
Colm Tóibín for Nora Webster (Viking) 

First Novel Award:
Carys Bray for A Song for Issy Bradley (Hutchinson)
Mary Costello for Academy Street (Canongate)
Emma Healey for Elizabeth Is Missing (Viking)
Simon Wroe for Chop Chop (Viking)

Biography Award:
John Campbell for Roy Jenkins: a Well-Rounded Life (Jonathan Cape) 
Marion Coutts for The Iceberg: a Memoir (Atlantic Books) 
Helen Macdonald for H Is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape) 
Henry Marsh for Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 

Poetry Award:
Colette Bryce for The Whole and Rain-domed Universe (Picador)
Jonathan Edwards for My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren)
Lavinia Greenlaw for A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde (Faber & Faber)
Kei Miller for The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion(Carcanet)

Children’s Book Award:
Simon Mason for Running Girl (David Fickling Books/Random House Children’s Publishers)
Michael Morpurgo for Listen to the Moon (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Kate Saunders for Five Children on the Western Front (Faber & Faber)
Marcus Sedgwick for The Ghosts of Heaven (Indigo) 

Click here for more information about this year's winners
For further information on the Awards visit the website

The Costa Book Awards are administered by the Booksellers Association

Bookshops in UK and Ireland celebrate Books Are My Bag 2014 between
 9 - 11 October 2014


Bookshops allocated grants to “Get Children Reading”

James Patterson


We are delighted to bring booksellers this year's BAMB Bags of Bookshop Ideas leaflet.  Designed to give booksellers ideas abotu how to celebrate Books Are My Bag this year, the leaflet is based on real bookshop events last year, with a strong emphasis on cakes, balloons, and engaging customers in your shops!   You can download the leaflet here.

Books Are My Bag launches with Big Bookshop Party day on Saturday 11th October.  Find out more on 


The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland (The BA) today announced the winners for the Independent Booksellers Week Book Award 2014 (IBW Book Award) which, for the first time this year includes three categories – Adult, Children’s Fiction and, new for 2014, Children’s Picture Book.   The winners are:




Adult Category:

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)

 Children’s Fiction category:

  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate Di Camillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Walker Books)

 Children’s Picture Book category:

  • A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld (Walker Books)

 There were ten adult titles and twelve titles in each of the children’s categories on the shortlists, which were selected by independent booksellers from nominations put forward by publishers.

The winning titles were judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists, and the judging panels were chaired by the BA’s Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services.

 Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services, Booksellers Association, said: “The winning books were chosen after much debate around each of the very strong, and varied, shortlists.  They are all perfect titles for independent booksellers to be enthusiastic about and hand sell.  The judges have chosen fantastic winners, and we are delighted to be able to showcase these books during IBW.”

 The judges praised the ambition, wit and breathtaking clarity in the way Kate Atkinson evokes wartime Britain and English family life in Life After Life, a novel that spans the most turbulent events of the 20th century in the run up to its second cataclysmic war.    Kate Atkinson will be at the Edinburgh Bookshop on 9th July when she will be presented with her IBW Book Award.

Kate Atkinson, winner of the Adult category, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Life After Life has won the IBW Book Award.  Independent booksellers have been a vital part of supporting my books and creating that essential word of mouth for all great writing. They are so knowledgeable and read so much.  I am enormously grateful for all the work they continue to do.”

 For the Children’s category, Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses tells the unusual story of Ulysses, the poetry-writing squirrel, in a book that the judges said is brimming with warmth, wit, charm and quirky humour – with both child and adult appeal either as a shared or more challenging solo read.

 Kate DiCamillo, author of Flora & Ulysses, winner of the Children’s category, said: “Flora and Ulysses is a story about superpowers and poetry and friendship.  And booksellers have consistently given all of those things to me.  I am absolutely thrilled with this honour.  I am (truthfully) a little bit undone.  Thank you.”    Kate DiCamillo is based in Minneapolis.

 The inaugural Children’s Picture Book category award was given to Nicola Davies for A First Book of Nature, praised by the judges for its inspiring text, stunning illustration, superb design and quality production – a “perfect marriage of words and stunning illustrations.”

Nicola Davies, author, A First Book of Nature, winner of the Children’s Picture Book category, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted about this prize from the people who know the most about books. Indy bookshops are the future because they offer guidance through the sea of books we don’t want to read to the ones we DO, instead of just throwing us in without a float or a compass like the big sellers do.”

This year’s judges for the Adult Category were Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale,  Sheila O’Reilly, Dulwich Books; Lisa Bywater, Foyles; Eithne Farry, book reviewer, Daily Mail and Sunday Express; and Rachel Joyce, author.  Both Children’s Categories were judged by Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale, Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc, Lytham St Annes; Jenny Morris, ex-Lion and Unicorn bookshop; Brough Girling, Founder, Readathon; and Elen Caldecott, author.  The judging panels were chaired by BA Head of Membership Services, Meryl Halls.

 The winners of the IBW Book Award 2013 were A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate) for the Adult category and Wonder by RJ Palacio (Corgi Children’s) for the Children’s category

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James Patterson Donates £250,000 to Bookshops in the UK & Ireland
Bookshops urged to apply for grants to “Get Children Reading”
 Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson, is to donate £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland in an unprecedented show of financial support by an individual for the sector.  You can view a video of James Patterson making his announcement on the Campaigns page of this site James Patterson Video

The announcement, made on the eve of Independent Booksellers Week (28 June-5 July), follows Patterson’s pledge to donate $1m to US bookshops last September.  Donations in the US have so far helped to fund everything from customising a school bus as a mobile bookshop to providing free books for underprivileged children.

Any independent bookshop with a turnove under £1million and with a dedicated children’s book section is eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000.  Awards will be made on the basis of the strength and innovatory nature of the proposal submitted.  Patterson is particularly interested in funding schemes that will encourage children to read.

 James Patterson says:
Far too many children are in danger of living their lives without books. This runs the risk of living in a world run by the shortsighted, by the empathy-challenged, and by the glib. Bookshops are the most viable bulwark against this and I need to be part of the fight to ensure their survival.  In the US, I have worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference, and bookshops that were already doing good work.  I have been inspired, moved and delighted by the innovative proposals I have received over the last year. I can’t wait to get started and see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose. ”

 Tim Godfray, The BA’s Chief Executive,  says: What a fantastic way to celebrate the start of this year’s Independent Booksellers Week. This is good news for bookshops and anyone who loves reading. We are delighted that James Patterson is acting on his love of bookshops and his appreciation of their vital importance to cultural and community life. His generous donation will give our bookshops a chance to create new programmes, try out new ideas, and use their creativity to encourage children to read. I know our members will relish the opportunity!”.

 Eligible bookshops can download a grant application form, which you should complete and return to

 The names of the first bookshops to have made successful bids will be announced in September 2014, as part of the Autumn’s Books Are My Bag campaign. 

Letter to UK & Irish Booksellers from James Patterson 

June 2014
Dear Bookseller,
You may have heard about my pledge to donate £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK over the next year. If you haven’t, here it is, and here is why I’m making the pledge, and asking you how I can help.
I believe we’re at a pivotal moment in our history, when far too many children—the future stewards of our society—are at risk of living lives without books. To my mind, this translates to a risk of living in a world run by the shortsighted, by the empathy-challenged, and by the glib.
It is as grave a peril as I can imagine.

And what is our most viable bulwark against it? And who is manning it? As far as I’m concerned, it’s you and your bookstore.

But making the pledge was the easy part. Now I have the somewhat tricky task of deciding which shops to support and how much to give each. I’m looking for viable stores with a children’s book section—to my mind, we’ve got to get kids reading, no way around it. I’m looking for stores that are already making a difference in their communities, but that could use some help to do even better.

If that sounds like your store, please get back to me. Please write me a short—500 words at most—explanation of how you would use £250–£5,000.  I’m open to all types of request here—from a spot bonus for a valued employee to a fixed computer system or a project you’re undertaking in the wider community to spread excitement about books and reading.  Please submit your request to me at the following email address:

I’ll be reading your reply and hopefully getting back to you in the next month or so.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you for all your good work.

Yours in books and reading,

Jim Patterson

Press Coverage  
For a roundup of US press coverage, and some of the ideas US booksellers applied for, see below:

UK National Media Coverage

 US National & Local Media Coverage


This year’s Booksellers Association (BA) Conference programme focuses on the renaissance of bookselling, reflecting the increased optimism in bookshops despite continuing tough trading conditions. The programme aims to reflect the renaissance in bookselling, mindful of the reality but clear-sighted about opportunities.
Last year the publishing industry and hundreds of celebrities united around bookshops as part of the Books Are My Bags campaign. People of note from David Cameron to Lily Cole spoke out about the importance of bookshops. This year has seen an increasing number of impressive bookshops opening - with the new Foyles’ flagship store and several more new outlets due to open this year.
The annual BA Conference (21-22 September at the University of Warwick) is the biggest forum that brings publishers, booksellers, authors and other trade professionals together to discuss bookselling. Gardners continued support of BA Conference allows booksellers to attend the conference free of charge.
This year author, comedian and bibliophile David Mitchell will open the Conference, and speakers will include David Young of Orion, Rik McShane of Waterstones and Janene Cox of The Society of Chief Librarians.
In the afternoon, Louisa Livingston, Hachette, will reveal how to build better relationships with customers, Douglas McCabe of Enders Analysis will discuss trend-spotting for the bookseller, and John Rubin of Above The Treeline, will focus on optimizing stock and maximizing profit.

Tim Godfray, Chief Executive, The Booksellers Association, said:
“These are exciting and challenging times for bookshops, and there are many reasons for publishers, authors and bookshops to be buoyant about the future of high street bookselling. There seems to be an increased recognition of the importance of booksellers in The Discovery of books, bringing books to life and, indeed, authors to the market.
Hundreds of celebrities from David Cameron to Tracey Emin have spoken out about the importance of bookshops in our society, be it to promote literacy, or to bring together communities. There have been some wonderful new bookshops this year, including the launch of the new Foyles’ flagship store.
Last week we heard about the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction winner, Irish author Eimear McBride - whose award-winning career has been launched thanks to Henry Layte, owner of the Book Hive shop, who co-founded a small independent publisher Galley Beggar.
High street retailing remains difficult, but today’s booksellers, through creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial skills and partnerships, are offering publishers and authors more incentives for working together.”
The BA Conference follows on from the Gardners Trade Show, and takes place at Warwick University on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd September.

For more information on the Conference contact 

The IBW Bookshop Crawl is set to be one of this year’s Independent Booksellers Week’s (IBW’s) most exciting events, taking place on Saturday 5th July, and aimed bloggers, booktubers and vloggers across the UK.
Throughout the day, bloggers, booktubers and vloggers are invited to take part and visit as many independent bookshops as possible on the day and blog or post a video about the experience for the chance to win a fantastic prize.
In order to qualify for the prize, the blog or video post must be posted by 11:59pm on Sunday 6th July. Once posted, the link to the video or blog post must be sent to
Independent booksellers across the country will be equipped with IBW Bookshop Crawl stickers, designed specifically to hand out to participants. More information about participating bookshops can be found on the Booksellers Association website here.
Moreover, all participants can download an IBW Bookshop Crawl blog banner in advance to showcase on their blog and/or YouTube channel. The banner is available here and you can find out more at
The competition will be judged by the Booksellers Association, and on two factors: firstly, the number of bookshops visited, proved by video evidence or selfies with the stickers, and secondly, the quality of the blog post.
This year’s prize is fantastic and includes the complete Adult and Children’s IBW Book Award shortlist (see full list below), a National Book Token worth £50, and a digital banner designed specifically for the winner.
Catered towards bookshop lovers, avid readers, advocates for the High Street, and those who enjoy a good challenge, this a brilliant way to spend a sunny Saturday and to get involved in IBW. What better reason to pop into your nearest independent bookshop and have a chat with your local bookseller?
Those who are not bloggers, booktubers or vloggers can also show their support when visiting bookshops on the day by using the hashtag #bookshopcrawl on Twitter and Instagram.
The Prize
There are ten adult titles and twelve children’s titles on the IBW Book Award shortlist, which have been selected by independent booksellers from nominations put forward by publishers.  The winning titles will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists, and the judging panels will be chaired by the BA’s Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services.  The winners will be announced on 28 June 2014, the first day of Independent Booksellers Week. 
IBW Book Award Adult Shortlist
The Examined Life, Stephen Grosz
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Longbourn, Jo Baker
Return of a King, William Dalrymple
The Broken Road, Patrick Leigh Fermor
Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida
Love Nina, Nina Stibbe
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Quarry, Iain Banks
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
IBW Book Award Children's Shortlist
Noble Conflict, Malorie Blackman
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan Pastis
Flora & Ulysses, Kate Di Camillo
More Than This, Patrick Ness
A Boy Called Hope, Lara Williamson
Picture Me Gone, Meg Rosoff
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Jill Murphy
Half Bad, Sally Green
Warp Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin, Eoin Colfer
Fortunately the Milk, Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddel
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon, Jonny Duddle  
Hero, Sarah Lean

Margaret Hodge, Chairman of the Public Accounts Select Committee, has voiced her concern again this last weekend that Amazon are not paying their fair share of Corporation Tax. BA members who do pay their Corporation Tax might like to promote this fact to their customers by downloading posters for bookshop windows which the BA has produced for the UK & Irish markets.

According to press reports, Amazon’s sales amounted to £4.3 billion, but the internet giant seemingly only paid to HM Treasury £4.2 million in Corporation Tax. Amazon maintain they are able to do this, because they supply from Luxembourg.
But as Margaret Hodge points out: “……… If you are an Amazon user, you get endless emails saying . You then order your goods and you get them delivered by the Royal Mail in parcels stamped with the Queen’s head, and they then pretend it’s nothing to do with business in the UK”.

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Designs for the UK market
Designs for the Irish market

Making Bookshop Events Easier and More Efficient

We are delighted to launch to all BA members today the Bookshop Map, which we have just launched to booksellers at the London Book Fair, and it got a great reaction from booksellers there  – you can see it here  –

Designed to make organizing bookshop events more efficient and easier, The Bookshop Map is a business-to-business website, and a partnership between the BA and the Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC); its basic premise is to present a map of the UK and Ireland where all participating bookshops are displayed, and where their events history is available to view. 

Each bookshop has a pin on the map and when you hover over the pin, the bookshops events details will be visible to publicists.  It’s your opportunity to place all your events materials in one place, where publicists will see them and where they can find, at a glance, your track record, your local press coverage, your local amenities and directions, photos and testimonials from authors and publishers.  In fact, the publicists will see what you choose to showcase and you will be able to start a dialogue with them about planning your next set of author events.

Currently, all IBW bookshops are automatically featured on the map.   However, the bookshop information is empty until booksellers update their own information.  So now we need you to put up your details so that publishers can see your events portfolio.

It’s easy to use and easy to navigate – you set yourself up on the site, and then you upload as many individual events as you like, complete with extra information such as links to local press coverage and photos -  and you also have the opportunity to choose one ‘showcase’ event which will appear first.

All you need to do is visit the site, login in (same as your BA login; if you can’t remember it, let us know and we can tell you!) and then complete the different sections.  We recommend that you set aside probably about an hour for the initial upload, and if you need any help with the set up, you can call Kara Rennie at the BA and she can help talk you through it – or you can email her 

We hope you can see the benefits of this new BA service, and really look forward to working with you to create a great new resource for bookshops and publishers.

We are delighted to announce the trade launch of Books Are My Bag 2014 with the news that award-winning British artist Tracey Emin is to design the 2014 collector’s edition Books are My Bag bag.  The bags will be exclusively available from chain and independent bookshops nationwide, offering booklovers a unique platform to express their support for their local stores
Emin will unveil the new design to consumers as part of the launch of this year’s campaign, which will run between Thursday October 9th and Saturday October 11th. The three day festivity which will begin on Super Thursday, one of the busiest days in the publishing calendar, and will culminate in Big Bookshop Parties on Saturday October 11th. 
Emin is the latest figure to back the campaign, which has won the support of over a hundred high profile figures since its launch in September 2013 including David Cameron, Lily Cole and Nigel Slater. She said that books and bookshops were fundamental education for her and was saddened that there weren’t enough bookshops on the high street.
“I travel a lot and the thought of getting on a plane or a train without a book would just drive me insane. A few years ago I thought I was being smart and I bought a kindle…I have never used it. To me there is nothing more pleasurable then turning the pages of a book and realising that this book for a certain period of time is going to become my best friend.
“It upsets me that there aren’t enough bookshops. I have some really beautiful first edition books and when I was younger in my teens I used to hang out at Turret Books on Lamb’s Conduit Street that was owned by the late great Bernard Stone. I could spend hours and hours in Bernard’s book shop on the ladders, it was a fundamental education for me.  Once a month he’d have soirees, poetry readings and book signings. I feel really lucky to know that I have met Alan Sillitoe, Lawrence Durrell, Laurie Lee, and many great writers including Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate. I still have my signed copy of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.”
The 2014 campaign will continue to highlight the vital role of high street bookshops and will build on the success of promotion in 2013, which created hundreds of thousands of walking adverts for bookshops, through consumers sporting the BAMB bag. Over 100 celebrities were photographed with last year’s canvas bag - this year’s celebrity design hopes to capture the hearts and minds of hundreds more. This year’s launch will also see the release of The Bookshop Book, Jen Campbell’s sequel to Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, which features 50 UK bookshops.
We are asking booksellers to think about how many of the Tracey Emin bags they might order and we have created a leaflet with the trade launch information, together with an ‘expression of interest’ form for you to fill in (no obligation!).  Pledge-form-for-2014-LBF
We would also ask all BA members to start planning their Big Bookshop Party for Saturday 11th October.  Last year’s bookshop parties were the highlight of the Books Are My Bag campaign, and we are sure this year will be no different.  Our focus for 2014 is to get an author in every bookshop on 11th October, so do please reach out to local authors and start booking them in – you might like to look at the US IndiesFirst campaign from last year, where they secured 1000 authors in over 400 bookshops – - wouldn’t it be great if we could do something similar!
For further information, visit or contact in the first instance

The BA is running a full range of seminars and events at London Book Fair, and we are encouraging all BA members to come along to the Fair.  BA members are entitled to FREE entry and gain free entry to all BA activities during the Fair.  Here is just a flavour of what we are up to - to meet all the BA Group staff, visit us on Stand G1000.  Contact for more information

IBF@ LBF – Seminars and Events
Tuesday 8th April
 All IBF seminars and publisher presentations will take place in Conference Room 3, Earls Court, unless otherwise stated
 1.30 am – 1pm IBF Publisher Presentations
 1pm – 1.45 pm IBF Publisher/Bookseller Networking Lunch
 2 pm – 3pm Seminar 1
Creating a Happy Workplace
Speaker: Henry Stewart, Happy Computers and author, The Happy Manifesto
 3.30pm – 4.30 pm Seminar 2
Business Improvement for Independent Booksellers
Speakers:         Steve Bohme, Nielsen
Sheila O’Reilly, Dulwich Bookshop
 5.30pm – 6.30pm BA Annual General Meeting (Hyde Park Suite, Ibis Hotel)
 6.45 pm – 8.30 pm Hosted Bookseller Party (George & Dragon Pub, Ibis Hotel)
Wednesday 9th April
 9.30 am – 12.30 pm IBF Publisher Presentations
 12.30pm – 1.15 pm IBF Publisher/Bookseller Networking Lunch
 1.30 pm -  3.30  pm
Events MasterClass & Bookseller/Publicist Speed Dating with Ros de lay Hey, Mainstreet Trading Company & Alison Barrow, Transworld, in conjunction with the Publishers Publicity Circle
 4.30 pm – 5.45 pm Children’s Publisher Presentations
Thursday 10th April
European & International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) Conference

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the IBW Book Award, which this year includes three categories - Adult, Children’s Fiction and, new for 2014, Children’s Picture Book.  The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in the children’s categories will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising of authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers.  The winners will be announced on 28 June 2014, the first day of IBW.  The shortlisted titles for 2014 are:

Title Author Publisher
The Examined Life Stephen Grosz Vintage
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Black Swan
Longbourn Jo Baker Black Swan
Return of a King William Dalrymple Bloomsbury
The Broken Road Patrick Leigh Fermor John Murray
Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida Sceptre
Love Nina Nina Stibbe Penguin
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Little, Brown
The Quarry Iain Banks Abacus
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman Headline
Title Author Publisher
Noble Conflict Malorie Blackman Random House
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Stephan Pastis Walker Books
Flora & Ulysses Kate Di Camillo Walker Books
More Than This Patrick Ness Walker Books
A Boy Called Hope Lara Williamson Usborne
Picture Me Gone Meg Rosoff Penguin
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star Jill Murphy Puffin
Half Bad Sally Green Penguin
Warp Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin Eoin Colfer Puffin
Fortunately the Milk Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell Bloomsbury Children's Books
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon Jonny Duddle Templar
Hero Sarah Lean HarperCollins Children's Books
Title Author Publisher
Sugarlump and the Unicorn Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks Macmillan Children's Books
Aunt Amelia Rebecca Cobb Macmillan Children's Books
The Paper Dolls Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb Macmillan Children's Books
Mr Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown Macmillan Children's Books
The Pigeon Needs a Bath Mo Williams Walker Books
A First Book of Nature Nicola Davies & Mark Hearld Walker Books
Hooray for Bread Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman Walker Books
Extra Yarn Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen Walker Books
Crayon Simon Rickerty Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Meet the Parents Peter Bently & Sara Ogilvie Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Happy Birthday Hugless Douglas David Melling Hodder
Best-loved Classics: Alice Through the Looking Glass Retold by Emma Chichester Clark HarperCollins Children's Books
This year’s judges for the Adult Category are Sheila O’Reilly, Dulwich Books; Lisa Bywater, Foyles; Eithne Farry, book reviewer, Daily Mail and Sunday Express; and Rachel Joyce, author.  Both Children’s Categories will be judged by Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc, Lytham St Annes; Jenny Morris, ex-Lion and Unicorn bookshop; Brough Girling, Founder, Readathon; and Elen Caldecott, author.  The judging panels will be chaired by BA President Patrick Neale.
Commenting on her shortlist nomination, Malorie Blackman said:  I'm so thrilled that Noble Conflict has been shortlisted for the IBW Children’s Book of the Year Award.  Independent bookshops play a crucial role in our communities, able as they are to more readily stock and recommend books of local appeal.  They also provide an invaluable platform for debut authors.  I've been lucky enough to visit a number of independent bookshops nationwide and I've always found them welcoming, innovative and with booksellers who display an impressive knowledge of their stock and who care passionately about literature. 
Commenting on his shortlist nomination, author Stephen Grosz, said: “Independent booksellers really know and love books, for this reason I am honoured that they have voted to shortlist The Examined Life for the IBW Book Award. This award is particularly important to me because independent bookshops have been essential in bringing my book to the attention of readers, right from the start. Each time I walk past my local bookshop and see the wonderful window display that they have put together for The Examined Life, or when a friend sends me a photograph of the display in their local bookshop, I am grateful for these vibrant and unique spaces that mean so much to our communities. I’m completely delighted.” 

The programme for the BA Irish Branch Conference and Dinner is now live and the booking form and Conference programme are available here:

Conference Programme
Booking Form

The Conference and Dinner take place at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin on 29th March.

Contact Patsy Denness to book.

Cathal Elliott Award for Young Bookseller of the Year

Dear Bookseller,
We are pleased to announce that the Cathal Elliott Award for Young Bookseller of the Year will be presented at this year’s Irish BA conference in Dublin on March 29th.
The award is presented in the memory of Eason’s former sales manager, Cathal Elliott: a dedicated bookseller himself and passionate supporter of the trade.
There is a great deal of young talent in the Irish trade, and this is your chance to allow a young colleague to gain recognition for his or her hard work. The winner will receive a framed certificate to keep, sponsorship to attend the 2014 BA conference, and a cash prize of €250.
We would like to ask you to support this award by nominating a young bookseller from within your organisation.
The nomination process is a simple one. On the attached page, please outline why you feel that your colleague deserves to be the Young Bookseller of the Year. Some questions are provided for your guidance but please feel free to add any extra information that you feel may be relevant. 
N.B. Candidates must be under the age of 30 on 31st December 2013.
Please ensure that all nomination forms are returned by February 28th to:
Young Bookseller of the Year Award, c/o Maria Dickenson, Eason, Dublin Airport Logistics Park, St Margaret’s Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
If you would prefer to submit your nominations by email, please do so to:
Submissions will be judged by a panel of book trade representatives, and the prize will be awarded at the BA Dinner Dance at the Dublin conference on March 29th 2014.  The winner will be notified by Mar 14th.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and thank you in advance for your time.

Name of nominee:
Your name:
Your company name:
Nominee’s length of service:
Age of nominee on 31/12/2013:
Why do you think your candidate is a potential Young Bookseller of the Year?
Does your candidate have any notable skills of which they should be proud? (a talent for merchandising, window display, hand-selling etc)
Are there any special examples of good customer service on the part of your nominee?
What personality traits do you think make your candidate a potential Young Bookseller of the Year?
Is there any other information that you think might be of help to the judges when considering your nominee?

Total number of outlets in membership rises but independents drop to under 1,000
Booksellers Association membership figures for 2013:
•       67 independent bookshops closed
•       26 independent bookshops opened
•       987 independent bookshop members in total (down from 1028)
•       3746 bookshop members in total (up from 3580 in 2012)
The Booksellers Association reported that book sales were up in its annual post-Christmas trading survey with 165 independent bookshops, despite the fall in the number of stores.
The survey showed:
•       Bookshops sales up (net +1.3%)
•       Bookshop footfall down (net -10.4%)
•       High Street footfall down (net -29.03)
The figures show that despite a decline in general high street footfall of one third over the festive period, bookshop footfall was not so badly affected, with a drop of around ten per cent. Even with this reduced footfall, sales held steady, growing at one per cent, suggesting that customers who did visit bookshops over Christmas spent more.
Tim Godfray, CEO, The Booksellers Association, commented on the figures:
“Bookshops are important cultural and community hubs, and make a vital contribution to the health of our high streets and local economies in particular so it is always disappointing to see them close.
Everyone should sit up and take notice of this. The book trade, the government and the general public need to realise that if we don’t take action now, the future of our bookshops – and therefore the health of the publishing industry and reading itself – is at risk.
However, we have reasons to take heart as there is a huge amount going on to champion bookshops on the high street. We were delighted last year to launch the biggest ever cross-industry campaign in support of bookshops: Books Are My Bag (BAMB). Thanks to publishers, suppliers and celebrity supporters, hundreds of thousands of the iconic BAMB bags were distributed to shoppers over the autumn, allowing them to display their love for books and bookshops. The campaign is set to continue in 2014, and we are set to announce our plans at The London Book Fair in April.
On top of this, publishers are working with bookshops on a case-by-case basis to improve terms for trade. The BA continually lobbies local, central and European governments on issues such as parking, rents, rates, corporation tax and interoperability in order to improve the trading environment for local stores. With industry and consumer support we will keep underlining our message: bookshops are valuable to society and our economy, and are worth supporting.”
Over the past few years, entrepreneurial booksellers have been setting up shop, using creative and innovative ways to engage with local communities.
Gillian Robertson, who runs the Looking Glass Bookshop in Edinburgh which opened in 2012 said: “We believe we can thrive in the current environment by offering more than just a fantastic section of books on our shelves. We have a busy cafe serving delicious hot drinks and cake making for a busy and buzzing atmosphere every day of the week - we've even been the venue for customers’ birthday parties, christenings and a wedding reception! It’s testament to the special a place people hold in their hearts for their local community bookshop.” 
Emma Corfield-Walters of Book-ish in Powys, which opened in the middle of the recession in 2010, explained how her bookshop had managed to thrive: “The demographic is perfect, professional, academic, affluent, family orientated - and being the gate to the Brecon Beacons helps as we have large numbers of visitors to the area throughout the year, not just during the Summer. Also 40% of our stock is non book product which is so important - customers come in for a card, but end up browsing and therefore purchasing other items.”
Natasha Radford, who opened up the Chicken and Frog children’s bookshop in Brentwood, Essex, just over a year ago, said: “The reason that we opened is simple; we love books. Why did we open in a recession? Partly madness, partly naivety and also because if you can make a business work against all of the odds, it will continue to grow as the economy picks back up again.
She also highlighted the importance of self-promotion.
Twitter is a very powerful tool for spreading the word about what we do. It's also a superb medium for contacting authors and illustrators and tempting them to visit us, with the promise of tea, biscuits, enthusiastic children and good book sales too!”

Year Total outlets in BA membership Total independents
2005 3935 1535
2006 4435 1446
2007 4407 1424
2008 3845 1350
2009 3845 1252
2010 3784 1159
2011 3655 1094
2012 3580 1028
2013 3746 987

For media enquiries, please contact:
Amelia Knight or Zekra Rahman at Midas Public Relations on / or 020 7361 7860.

Willetts to give APS keynote

Universities minister David Willetts is to speak at this year’s Academic, Professional and Specialist bookselling conference.
The two-day event, organised by the Booksellers Association, will take place in Brighton from 12th-13th March, promising to look “unflinchingly” at the challenges ahead for the academic, professional and specialist bookselling sector. 
Willetts, who has been a vocal champion of open access in government-funded research, will be the keynote speaker at the event as part of the conference’s aim of “ensuring that booksellers, publishers, students, academics and government are all in dialogue.” The theme of his speech is yet to be disclosed.
Alan Staton, head of marketing at the Booksellers Association, said: “The pace of change in the challenges facing the academic sector is rapid and relentless. The trade sector is familiar with the challenges that technology and consumer behaviour bring, but in the academic sector these challenges and changes are multiplied and multiplex. Technology doesn’t just affect content and the ways it is provided and received. It fundamentally changes the whole nature of pedagogy. This year’s APS Conference, as in recent years, will look unflinchingly at the challenges faced.”
Among topics under investigation are what campus bookshops need to do to thrive in terms of product mix, additional services, engagement of students and academics, the challenges MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) bring, and “the challenges that the potential for the world’s leading universities to flex their online muscle present to academic publishers and booksellers,” according to Staton. 
Dan Johns, manager of the University Bookseller in Plymouth and chairman of the BA's APS committee, said: “Primarily it would be good to hear David Willetts give us an indication of the government’s plan for high education over the next four to five years.  We want to hear that higher education is going to continue to receive investment and support and, ideally, we would like to hear where he thinks our services fit into the future landscape. It would also be nice to get a hint of what is coming next. There have been many changes taking place in education over the last three to four years and it would be good to try and prepare for what might be around the corner.”
Johns added that one issue publishers could address was the r.r.p of textbooks. “I think some textbooks are far too expensive. There is no way that some books are worth £60 to a student,” he said. 
As well as a student and lecturer forum, and the latest statistics affecting the sector from Nielsen’s  Jo Henry, conference delegates will have the chance to hear what keeps c.e.o of Taylor & Francis Roger Horton, Blackwell’s c.e.o. David Prescott, BA c.e.o Tim Godfray and Publishers Association c.e.o Richard Mollet “awake at night”, with the panellists sharing their professional hopes and fears.
The first day of the conference will culminate with the conference dinner, which includes the APS Awards Ceremony.
The 2014 Business programme is sponsored by Bertrams and Dawson Books.

For more information on the Conference contact

We are delighted to open submissions from publishers for the IBW Book Award 2014.
 This year, along with the previous Adult and Children’s Fiction categories, a third category has been added: Children’s Picture Book.  We are also thrilled to reveal a refreshed logo for IBW 2014, which features the striking orange colour from the Books are my Bag campaign.
 Entries can be submitted until the deadline of 28th February, with the shortlists announced at the end of May. The winners will be announced on 28th June, the first day of IBW 2014 which this year runs from 28th June – 5th July 2014.
Publishers are invited to submit titles that they would like to see championed by independent booksellers during IBW. There is no fee for entering or a limit on the number of books a publisher can submit, however the we do emphasise that publishers should enter books they feel will truly appeal to the independent sector.  To qualify for the prize, nominated titles must be available in paperback on 28th June 2014 and have been published in paperback between 1st January 2014 and 28thJune 2014. Submission forms can be downloaded here IBW Book Award Publisher Submission Form FINAL 23rd Dec
The judging process remains the same as last year.  A longlist will be drawn up from which independent booksellers will choose a shortlist of 12 titles in the both of the children’s categories and 10 titles in the adult category. Two judging panels comprised of authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers, chaired by BA President Patrick Neale, will then meet to determine the winners of each category, which will be announced on 28th June.
Patrick Neale, BA President and Jaffe & Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton commented:
“The IBW Book Award is a fabulous prize. Authors respond so well to being chosen because they know people who are passionate about books have selected them. I am so pleased to be involved as Chair of the prize. There is such positivity around the prize which is so heartening for all High Street booksellers.”
The IBW Book Award 2014 will again be at the heart of the Week’s trade and consumer promotional activities. Shortlisted titles will be heavily promoted to and by all participating bookshops in the UK and Ireland during IBW and beyond.  Shortlisted authors will have the opportunity to participate in bookshop events as part of IBW, and shortlisted titles will be promoted as a group to booksellers via high quality POS materials including posters, bookmarks and leaflets featuring the shortlist and winning booksThe IBW and BA websites will carry full information about the shortlisted titles.
2013 winners were A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki in the adult category, which went on to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Wonder by RJ Palacio in the children’s category.
For further information about terms and conditions, and an application form please contact Sharon Benton at the BA

To celebrate IBW this year, we are collaborating with the PA Children's Book Group and the Guardian newspaper to produce a Guide to Children's Books & Bookshops.  Booksellers can participate by having their shop details listed in a pull-out section of the Guide.  The Guide will appear on 28th June as a supplement and is based on a previous successful Guide in 2008 - click here to see the 2008 version.

Further information on participating is available from or 

The 2013 Costa Category winners were announced on 6th January on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, seeing Kate Atkinson awarded for her latest novel, Life after Life. See here for details of this year's winners. The Costa Book of the Year will be announced on the 28th January.

For more information on the Costa Book Awards visit or contact

Registration is now open for the 2014 APS Conference. The Conference will take place at The Old Ship in Brighton on 12th and 13th March.

We have an exciting line up including keynote speeches from The Rt Hon David Willets, Minister for Universities and Science and University of Sussex Pro Vice-Chancellor, Claire Mackie. The business programme is once again sponsored by Bertrams and Dawson Books

The Conference will open with the increasingly popular speed-dating sponsored by Printondemand - and The Great British Bookshop.

Wednesday will culminate in the lively Awards Dinner and Ceremony, a great opportunity to celebrate the very best in the Trade.

We always welcome new faces to the Conference, and there will be a welcome drinks reception for first time attendees, hosted by the APS committee, on Wednesday.

Visit the APS section of the site for programme information and a booking form.

BA members who book before 20th January receive a special Early Bird discount.

We are delighted to bring members THREE new services to provide cost-effective, high quality improvements to bookselling businesses.

Pensions Advice - Help Prepare Your Business For Auto Enrolment Pensions
The BA has worked together with the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) to provide BA members with an advice service to help you make sense of auto enrolment pensions.  Here's some background information:

A big shake up of workplace pensions was launched in October 2012 meaning that every employer will be legally obliged to enrol their staff in a workplace pension scheme within the next 5 years (subject to qualifying criteria). This will make saving for retirement the default position for millions of people.
Make sure your business fulfils its obligations, follow our guidelines below and register for further advice by completing the form at the bottom of the page. 
Are you prepared? Take part in our quiz to find out how much you know about the upcoming pension law changes
What is a workplace pension?
A workplace pension is a way of saving for retirement arranged  through an employer. It is sometimes called a company pension, an occupational pension or a works pension.
New pension laws mean every employer must automatically enrol their  staff - subject to qualifying criteria - into a workplace pensions  scheme and make mandatory contributions to their employee's Pension. 
Click here to see if your employees will need to be automatically enrolled.
Why is this happening?
State Pensions are becoming unsustainable and this situation will only worsen as people live longer. Employers and employees will share the responsibility and cost of retirement. 
When will these changes affect me?
It's important for employers to be aware of the deadline when automatic enrolment will impact them, known as the ‘staging date'. The requirements are staged over time, the largest corporations started auto enrolment in October 2012 and the very smallest employers will all become subject to these changes by June 2015.

  • Companies with 50 to 249 staff must implement the scheme between 1 April 2014 and 1 April 2015
  • Companies with 30 to 49 staff will need to enrol between 1 August 2015 and 1 October 2015
  • Companies with fewer than 30 employees will be staged according to your PAYE reference numbers, between June 2015 and April 2017
Businesses should plan well ahead of their staging date, amendments in areas like payroll, human resources and IT will need to be considered. The average time to prepare for implementation of a qualifying pension scheme is c.18 months and therefore all businesses are recommended to start preparations as soon as possible.
Click here to see if your employees will need to be automatically enrolled.
Click here to find out your own staging date.
Employee enrolment criteria
An employer is required to enrol an employee into a workplace pension if the employee:
  • is not already in a qualifying pension at work
  • is aged 22 or over
  • is under State Pension age
  • earns more than £9440 a year (figure subject to change)
  • works in the UK
This criteria applies even for those business owners that employ their spouse. Those workers who aren't eligible to be automatically enrolled may be able to opt-in and equally, some staff will elect to opt-out of saving for retirement in this way. If an Employee does opt out it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that they are automatically enrolled back into the scheme every 3 years.
What if I don't comply?
Employers must inform The Pension Regulator of their qualifying  workplace pension scheme within 4 months of the employers staging date.  Registration must be completed within four months of the employer's  staging date and will have to be updated every three years thereafter. 
The Pension Regulator will have the ability to impose penalty notices if an employer does not comply with their new duties. 
  • Fixed penalty of £400 where an employer fails to respond to a warning notice from The Pension Regulator
  • An escalating penalty of £50 - £10,000 per day (depending on the size of the employer)
  • Fixed penalty of £1,000 - £5,000 for prohibitive recruitment conduct. e.g. intention to join the Pension Scheme of based on age of candidate
How much will the employer and employee have to contribute?
Employer and employee contributions will be tiered and will increase gradually over a 4 year period.
Minimum Employer and Employee contributions are calculated based on the employee's Banded Earnings: £5,668 p.a - £41,450 p.a (2013/2014).
See below the minimum contributions applicable to all gross earnings (within the band) including wages, salary, bonus, overtime, commission, statutory sick and maternity pay and when they come into effect. Employees benefit from tax relief upon their contributions.
  Minimum Employer Minimum Employee Tax Relief
Oct 2012 - Sept 2017 1% 0.8%  0.2%
Oct 2017 - Sept 2018  2% 2.4%  0.6% 
From October 2018  3% 4%  1% 

Remember, employer contributions are part of an employee's benefits package, they needn't be an additional burden upon your business and early implementation as part of annual reviews can help your business accommodate these gradual cost increases.
Can an Employee choose to opt out?
Yes, Employees can choose to opt out of the auto enrolment process  however, it is the Employer's responsibility to ensure that they are  automatically enrolled back into the scheme every 3 years.
How can the IRC help?
The Independent Retailers Confederation have made arrangements to introduce you to Elliott Sanders of  Copthorne Hundred Wealth Management, a Partner Practice of St. James's  Place Wealth Management. 
St. James's Place Wealth Management are one of  the leading wealth management organisations in the UK with a national  network of advisers. Using their experience, they offer businesses and individuals a wealth management service, incorporating pension advice. The advice is face-to-face and tailored  to your business or personal objectives.
  • Complimentary initial consultation
  • Face-to-face advice
  • Impartial advice
  • Advice is guaranteed by St. James's Place when recommending any products or services provided by the St. James's Place Group
Phone Elliot Sanders's team on 01372 721616 or email

St. James's Place Wealth Management are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

New Service for BA Members from YODEL DIRECT
We are delighted to re-introduce to BA members a parcel service from Yodel.  After a break in providing parcel rates to BA members, Yodel are just about to launch Yodel Direct to bookshops.  Billed as the new, simpler way of accessing Yodel parcel collection and delivery services, allows you to book colletions online, without the need to hold on the phone to place bookings, and it also allows you to track deliveries online.  For those times when you need personal help, there is a live chat option on the site, with a real person able to help you with queries.
We are delighted to announce that we have negotiated a special Booksellers Association member discount of 20% off all services.   
Booksellers on the old Yodel rates will be able to carry on accessing those till the end of 2013, thereafter the BA scheme will be replaced by Yodel Direct.  Further information is available from or from, or

BA Launches New, Lower Cost In-Store Music Service

The BA has teamed up with Amazing Instore to offer you four product options, giving you a choice approaching 100,000 high quality songs, from all genres of music and one with the option of bespoke in- store messaging. BA members benefit from a 15% discount on list prices.

Click here for a full information leaflet  - or or for further information.

Scholarships Available for Booksellers Applying to Oxford Summer School
Booksellers who read the recent articles in Bookselling Essentials by Jess Williams and Lucy Mathews, young booksellers who participated this year in the Oxford Summer School, will be interested to note that the OSS is now offering a Masters Programme for owner managers and senior managers.  We would highly recommend that booksellers applying for the Masters Programme OSS – every bookseller who has attended has talked in the most glowing terms of the experience, and of the value to the business of such high level and stimulating professional development.
The Masters takes place at Said Business School, Templeton College, Oxford from 10th – 13th March 2014. Scholarship applications are encouraged from individuals from SME/Independent retailers on the following basis:
·         Applicants must be employed by, or be the owner-manager of, a small or medium sized retailer, with fewer than 5000 employees per organisation. Applications are encouraged from:
o   Retail owner-managers
o   Senior store managers (with a high level of responsibility)
o   General & Regional managers
o   Senior head office managers
o   Individuals who have hit the ‘glass ceiling’ at work because they lack a qualification in management
o   Previous summer school delegates who have attended the Academy programme
Please note that applications from booksellers must be received by Jeannie Willis by email, ( by 31st December 2013. For further guidance on the Masters programme and/or completing the application call Jeannie or the scholarship helpline on 01295-713391/712277. Retail Trust have kindly sponsored 6 full scholarships for the 2014 masters together with 6 50% funded scholarship places.  Contact for more information and a copy of the application forms.

Independent members of the BA have a great opportunity to celebrate Books Are My Bag on 7th December, and link up locally with other traders to create a splash around Small Business Saturday.

Click here for a downloadable poster featuring the BAMB iconic bag logo
and click here for a poster featuring the SBS support with the BAMB text only (no bag).

Small Business Saturday takes place on 7th December. The brand for the campaign is Shop Small. The headline message is 'think big, shop small' with the supplementary message 'be a high street hero' and is being supported by TV advertising and American Express.
On the 7th December the focus will be on the High Street. Capitalise on this by using the Christmas Books Are My Bag branding to stand out, and host a Big Christmas Bookshop Party to draw in shoppers! Here’s how some Indies are already gearing up;

Independent businesses in your area will be taking part. Register as a participating retailer at Small Business Saturday if you are interested in taking part and finding out which other local traders are participating. Further information, the Amex TV ad and details of how to register to participate can be found here;   You can also see the Small Business Saturday advert on YouTube here -
So make sure you’re ready to go;
Ø  Contact local media asking if they are running a feature on Small Business Saturday and give them details of your plans. See here for the BAMB press pack
Ø  Connect with other participating traders on social media - share images of your bookshop parties with them and share their news too
Ø  Share your news and images from the day with the BA and your customers
Ø  Talk to your customers about how crucial bookshops are to the high street, and to your community! 
Ø  Materials for a Books Are My Bag inspired Christmas available from the BAMB and BA sites now – and
Visit the campaign on Facebook
Post your Pinterest images on
Visit Instagram and post images there too
Tweet at
If you need any further information you can email us;

The Shortlist for the 2013 Costa Book Awards was announced last night on Radio 4's Front Row. Click here to view the shortlisted titles.

The Costa Book of the Year will be announced at a ceremony on the 28th January.

The BA is delighted to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a Guide to Scottish Bookshops.  Available as a turn page digital guide, the booklet includes over 60 Scottish bookshops and in designed to encourage consumers into bookshops during Book Week Scotland (26th November to 1st December) and throughout the Christmas shopping period.

Click here for the Guide.

Here’s one way of hooking in your local media to cover the shop and the Books Are My Bag campaign this Christmas – build on consumers’ fascination with lists, and do your own book recommendations for Christmas. Here’s a note from Midas PR, who are running the PR campaign for booksellers.
This Christmas, as part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, the BA is keen to highlight the unique relationship that bookshops have with their customers – something that can’t be found online, and one of the many reasons to keep bookshops on the high street. With this in mind, we want you to get your Christmas book recommendations listed in your local newspaper. Here are some handy tips to get you started…
Ø  Compile your Top 10 favourite books of 2013, and what you’ll be pushing in the run up to Christmas. It’s really important to choose books that you’re passionate about and maybe some undiscovered gems – it’s this sort of insight that book buyers will want to hear about.
Ø  Call your local newspaper and ask if they’d be interested in running your recommendations. You can find their contact details on their websites or on the back of a paper -Try the Books editor first, but if your paper doesn’t have one then try Arts and Entertainment or the Features desk.
Ø  Flag up any late night openings or Christmas promotions you’re running. Also ask them to include your address, phone number and website if they have agreed to run your recommendations.
Ø  Offer images to add interest to newspaper coverage: this could include your shop logo, a photo of your shop front or jacket images for the books you recommend.
Ø  Include BAMB Christmas PoS images in your emails and flag up the campaign wherever possible. We will be sending more details of this soon
Ø  Try local radio producers too. They might like you to come on one of their chat shows to discuss your Top 10 Christmas picks. Chat shows are your best bet, so ask for the producers for these when you call up. You should be able to find phone numbers on the “Contact Us” link on your local radio’s website. A phone call is better as emails can get lost.
Ø  Put a link up on your website or on any other social media you use when the article is out, and be sure to let the BA know of your success so we can promote it too!
Want to order more bags?
PAPAER CHRISTMAS BOOKS ARE MY BAG are now SOLD OUT but you can still order the original iconic cotton bags and point of sale at
Feel free to get in touch if you have any question;
All the best from the BAMB Team

Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker with The Luminaries. The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize's history, at 28, has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel of 832 pages. Catton is the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985

Looking for Sales Training for Staff?  Cost Effective Courses in Retail Sales
The National Skills Academy for Retail has a range of sales training courses available to SME businesses, which provide independent and SME retailers with a half day retail specific selling skills course for their sales staff.   ‘Sales Powered by Service’ is available at a cost of just £15/head plus £1.55 registration fee. (RRP £65/head) The objective of the course is to equip retail staff with the confidence and skills to maximise the opportunities presented by Christmas trading to increase sales.
Courses are running in the following places: Reading, Manchester, Birmingham, Aylesbury, Gateshead and Oxford.  Click HERE to download the flyer, or call 0845 258 6487 for further information.

With Hallowe'en fast approaching, we have put together a Spooks Are My Bag ideas sheet to help booksellers make the most of the celebration.

It's especially appropriate as the bright orange BAMB colour is so on-trend for Hallowe'en!

Click here to download the ideas sheet.  You can also visit for all the other resources.

And don't forget to let us know what you have planned - send photos in to - visit the BAMB Facebook page and follow the campaign on Twitter @booksaremybag

The trade gathered at the BA Conference (22nd - 23rd September) at Warwick University to celebrate the success of the Books Are My Bag campaign, ponder the survival tactics required for an ever-changing retail landscape and discuss the way forward for high street booksellers at an event marked by extremely positive energy.  The Conference was able chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink of Quick Reads.

Gail Rebuck and James Lowther (Random House and M&C Saatchi respectively) gave inspiring speeches on the future for Books Are My Bag, BA President Patrick Neale gave a 'sane and sound' Presidential Address exhorting booksellers to embrace opportunity, and a very popular session on the Bookshop of the Future focussed on the work being done at Eason and at Foyles to create contemporary, stylish and successful retail spaces for consumers bombarded with choice about where to shop.

Social events included a very well-received Quiz and Dinner, sponsored by London Book Fair and National Book Tokens Caboodle and an Author Breakfast with charming author Piers Torday, sponsored by Quercus.

Fever Pitch publishers pitched to 17 tables of booksellers there to hear about forthcoming titles, and the whole event was rounded off by a Keynote by Bill Bryson.

Here is a round up of coverage so far:

BBC Online 


Feedback from booksellers and publishers has been uniformly positive and a member survey will be going out this week.

The Books Are My Bag campaign launched on Saturday with a fanfare across the UK & Ireland, with over 1800 shops taking part, and events happening in bookshops as far afield as Falmouth and Linlithgow.

Bookshops embraced the campaign with gusto, and the photo gallery on the campaign Facebook page is testimony to the creativity and energy seen in shops - you can check out the FB page here

any shops also reported increased in footfall and sales on the launch day, and we are looking forward to the campaign carrying on right up to Christmas.  If you want to order more bags, see the materials and resources available to bookshops and view the press coverage, visit 

We are getting great trade press coverage for the campaign today - The Bookseller round up is here -

Here's the BA staff getting into the orange swing!

The campaign website has had a very festive and fetching makeover too - check it out 

We are actively engaging with social media, so keep up to date with the campaign here too:


Caboodle – new from National Book Tokens!
Caboodle is a major new service launched by National Book Tokens, rewarding customer loyalty and promoting local bookselling.
Launching in October, Caboodle is a brand new rewards programme for the book trade. It will encourage and support bookshop loyalty with loads of competitions and giveaways that will appeal to book lovers as well as highly targeted local offers that support high street bookselling. Caboodle also rewards the purchase and use of National Book Tokens with extra value or a free book – giving customers another reason to shop locally.
Local offers and email marketing
Central to Caboodle is this local offering, using postcode data to send highly targeted emails with offers or updates from their local bookshops – such as events news, author signings, free coffee, or discounts. Bookshops can easily create and manage these offers, allowing you to reach more customers through the extensive Caboodle database and the 400,000 annual visitors to the National Book Token website.
National Book Tokens will roll out Caboodle across all its activity this year, supporting it with a major advertising campaign, competitions and social media. For more information about Caboodle, please click here or download the Caboodle information flyer here.
For any other questions, contact Mike Burt:

The BOOKS ARE MY BAG Bookshop Launch takes place on Saturday,
September 14th with booksellers across the UK and Ireland kicking off
the campaign with THE BIG BOOKSHOP PARTY. You’ll have bags for your
customers and eye-catching Point of Sale for your bookshop, all backed
by an international celebrity PR campaign.
And the Bookshop Launch is just the start – you’ll be able to use BOOKS
ARE MY BAG in all your pre-Christmas marketing plans and materials.
Here’s what’s coming your way to help you take part in the BIG BOOKSHOP PARTY – CHECK OUT WWW.BOOKSAREMYBAG.COM
• Available to download now is a ‘save the date’ template invitation for you to
send out to your customers with your details added.
• And in a couple of weeks we’ll send you a second invitation template –
customisable to take more individual bookshop detail.
• Every bookshop who has ordered BAMB bags will receive, in early September,
a full Point of Sale Kit, which will include posters, bookmarks, window stickers,
bunting and balloons. It will all be in the bright orange livery of the campaign and
has been designed to let you create a party atmosphere in the shop, and start a
conversation with your customers and with your wider community. Bedeck your
shop with the POS and organize Big Bookshop Party activities and the campaign
will be live in your town, creating a nationwide bookshop party!
• The central poster in the POS pack is a photo-montage of all the participating celebrities. We’ll also supply an ‘empty’
photo-montage poster for bookshops to fill with pictures of their own customers holding the campaign bag – this is
a great opportunity to create a buzz on your main street – take photos of your customers with the bags, and post
their photographs on the A1 poster in your shop or in the window. It should provide a great talking point!
• Use social media to communicate the spirit of BOOKS ARE MY BAG to your customers from now through to launch.
We will be using the @BABooksellers Twitter account to make announcements to booksellers in the lead up to
the Bookshop Launch on 14th September, and also using @IndieBound_UK to spread the word. The consumer
Twitter activity will use the @booksaremybag account – feel free to follow us on all the accounts.
Follow @booksaremybag on Twitter and use #booksaremybag to keep up with campaign activity
Visit the campaign on Facebook
Post your Pinterest images on the campaign page on
Visit Instagram and post images there too @booksaremybag
More ideas for your BIG BOOKSHOP PARTY:
• encourage invitees to tell a friend/bring a friend
• create a personal bookshop manifesto for BOOKS ARE MY BAG
– examples of this are the IndieBound 10 points, or Declaration of
Independents that some main streets have already adopted,
check out a few of the shop local movements –
for ideas and inspiration
• create a striking display of orange (and white) books
• create a ‘memory wall’ and use social media to encourage customers
to share their memories of a bookshop
• serve tea and orange cakes (carrot cake is the obvious one!) –
you could also consider getting BAMB cake toppers for cupcakes –
try for starters
• serve orange drinks (including BOOKS ARE MY BAG cocktail;
we’re getting a recipe made by a ‘mixologist’) and we’ll put that up
on the website
• give stuff away (BOOKS ARE MY BAG bookmarks, balloons or anything
else) – we are supplying 35 balloons per shop as part of the POS
kit, but you can order extra stuff to make them into give-aways –
sticks, helium, ribbons – check out
if you need any extras
• invite local musicians into the shop to perform
• play audio readings rather than music in the shop,
so customers can HEAR the books while they are browsing!
• dress staff in BOOKS ARE MY BAG t-shirts or orange clothing –
or be otherwise inspired to fancy dress your shop and your staff!
• offer orange face painting for children (or adults!)
• ‘pimp my bag’ – get kids to be creative in designing their own
bag – maybe offer prizes for the best designs
• display the rolling BOOKS ARE MY BAG video presentation which will
be available to download – it is a lovely montage video of all the
famous supporters of the campaign, which you can play on a loop in
the shop or in the window
• play the Bookshop Band’s BOOKS ARE MY BAG song/video which
will be available to download in early september
• make your own, bookshop-specific, bunting to enhance the POS
• Have Fun!
For more information: www.booksaremybag

BOOKS ARE MY BAG Bookshop Launch – Saturday, September 14th
Join the Big Bookshop Party
It’s not long till the Bookshop Launch Day of 14th September, and we need YOUR help to make the campaign launch as lively and as striking as possible!
Booksellers who ordered BAMB cotton bags will receive the bags in early September.  Also in early September, all registered bookshops will receive a FREE full Point of Sale Kit – this has been designed to create a party/carnival atmosphere in the shop, and we are urging all BAMB bookshops to use the kit to bedeck the bookshops, and make a visible statement to customers that the bookshop is taking part in this unprecedented campaign.

M&C Saatchi is planning the consumer PR for the campaign, (and we will let you know about that just as soon as it’s confirmed) and there will be  national media coverage visible to all on the weekend of 14th September.
Booksellers can capitalise on this media coverage, and create their own local BAMB splash by using the POS kit, and by starting to plan NOW for a day of celebration on 14th September.
We will shortly be sending to BAMB bookshops a Bags of Ideas kit, with suggestions for the sorts of events and celebrations bookshops could think about  putting on.  In the meantime, booksellers can start planning by:

  1. Contacting local media now to alert them to the campaign
  2. Approaching local authors now or approach publishers to organize an author event
  3. Thinking about other ways to join the Big Bookshop Party on 14th September.
In the meantime, check the website  for updates and details or visit the BA site too –   We will be putting up more materials in the coming weeks and we will be in regular touch with booksellers by email.

If you have NOT registered, but would like to, visit and complete the registration form - or email 

The 2014 BA Academic Conference will return to the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton. The venue for this year’s very successful event.
The conference will take place on March 12th and 13th and will look at the latest trends in academic bookselling and publishing with contributions from booksellers, publishers, academics and students
The programme and booking forms will be sent out later on this year.


Writer, Bill Bryson, is to deliver the keynote address at the BA Conference on 22-23rd September in Warwick.

Bryson, whose latest book 'One Summer' looks back to a forgotten Summer of 1927 when America came of age, said: ''Booksellers are some of my favourite people, and I'm pleased to have an opportunity to thank them for all they do.''

For more on the BA Conference and Gardners Tradeshow click here

Independent Booksellers Week (IBW), now in its 7th year, is set to be the best ever this year.  With over 360 shops taking part, the Week starts on Saturday, 29th June, and will include bookshop events and celebrations across the UK and Ireland.  Visit for all the most up to date information.  New for this year include a media partnership with Archant Life magazines, a cracking range of IBW Collectibles - only available from independent bookshops, a consumer survey, and a Debate - this is as well as the full range of bookshop events taking part across the UK and Ireland.

We are delighted to be inaugurating our Independent Booksellers Week Debate, South Bank Centre, 3rd July 6:30pm, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London
THE PERFECT STORM: Why Bookshops are in the frontline in the battle for the High Street
The debate will be followed by a performance by the Bookshop Band and a drink at Foyles on the South Bank.
Contributors include the writers Kate Mosse, James Runcie (Head of Literature at Southbank Centre) and Anne Sebba, (Chair of the Society of Authors), together with bookseller Nic Bottomley (Mr B's Emporium, Bath), literary agent and economics commentator Lindsay Mackie.
Book tickets here

Booksellers attend for free and publishers get unique insight and networking opportunities with hundreds of booksellers
The Booksellers Association Conference will discuss what a bookshop of the future might look like and what the consumer wants from it, building on the nationwide consumer launch of the Books Are My Bag campaign.
Publishers and high street booksellers can sign up now to attend the BA Conference (Warwick University, September 22-23), which will bring together senior staff from Waterstones, Foyles, WH Smiths and hundreds of independent bookshops to network and discuss issues of the day with publishers from across the industry.
Chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink, the BA Conference invites publishers to engage and discuss the role of high-street bookselling in the industry, and build upon the launch of the Books Are My Bag campaign.
The Gardners Tradeshow opens on Sunday 22nd September. The BA Conference starts on Sunday evening,  immediately after The Gardners Tradeshow with a practical session on effective selling. The Sunday evening BA President’s Party is open to all delegates this year and offers an unparalleled networking opportunity. A full programme of events on Monday (23 September), includes the hugely popular Fever Pitch Lunch event where publishers pitch their forthcoming titles directly to booksellers. Publishers already confirmed for the Fever Pitch include HarperCollins, Random House, Hodder and Bloomsbury.
Gardners is headline sponsor for this year’s event, enabling booksellers to attend the conference for free for the second year running.
Tim Godfray, CEO of The Booksellers Association, said:
Bricks and mortar bookshops are vital for ‘The Discovery’ of books – accounting for 45% of book spending where the buyer hasn’t decided what to buy; this is equivalent to £450m in value terms (Bowker, March 2013). The BA Conference is a unique opportunity for professionals from across publishing to meet and network with hundreds of booksellers in one place, hear about the latest plans, and work with bookshops to encourage even more book discovery in the new publishing world. Any publisher interested in evolving book buying consumer behaviour should attend.”
Lucy Hale, Consumer Director for the Hodder Group, said:
“I welcome and relish the opportunity to talk to booksellers in a relaxed and creative atmosphere about the opportunities of the fast changing book market. The BA conference is always fun and productive.”
Highlights of this year’s programme include:

  • Foyles Head of Marketing, Miriam Robinson, who will discuss their revamped bookshop model for the future, including how high street booksellers can operate on a more level playing field with online retailers and supermarkets.
  • New research into what consumers want in the bookshop of the future from Bowker,
  • Advise on how booksellers can prepare for the future using ‘scenario planning’, from Tamar Kasreal at Futureal
  • Discussion of the national Books Are My Bag (BAMB) campaign for bookshops masterminded by M&C Saatchi, just after its highly anticipated consumer launch in September.
  • Tim Duffy & James Lowther (Chairman and Founder Partner respectively, from , M&C Saatchi) will highlight the brand power of independent bookshops, explaining how smaller companies are usually better placed to entice readers and deliver a good customer service experience than larger companies.

The annual black-tie event held at London's Park Lane Hilton yesterday evening (13th May) saw Random House Group chief executive Dame Gail Rebuck and her team honoured with the top publishing gong. The Foyles team lead by c.e.o. Sam Husain celebrated the company's second National Bookseller of the Year gong in a row, while Children's Independent Bookseller of the Year went to Octavia's Bookshop in Cirencester and The Independent Bookseller of the Year award to Linghams in Heswall.

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As the number of independent bookshops registered for Independent Booksellers Week nears an unprecedented 350, the Booksellers Association has announced a range of select limited edition collectible items which will be available only in independent bookshops during Independent Booksellers Week (29th June – 6th July).
Works by Ann Patchett, who has written an essay in praise of bookshops, JRR Tolkien and Agatha Christie, are just few of the items on offer, and they will be joined by innovative Written Word limited edition prints from Independent Alliance publishers, featuring handwritten extracts from leading works by Robert MacFarlane, Yann Martel, Simon Armitage and Mark Forsyth, produced on high quality stock and appealing to the book-loving collector.
Bookshop customers will also find a facsimile pocket hardbacks of Roverandom by J.R.R Tolkien (Harper Collins), a facsimile edition of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins), Letters to Klaus, a collection of never-before seen envelope art from letters sent to Andersen Press founder and publisher Klaus Flugge ornamented by leading illustrators (Andersen Press), a Tour de France exclusive vintage poster with book (Quercus), Clandestine Cake Clubs limited edition recipe booklet (Quercus).  In addition, booksellers are also receiving deals from Orion and Penguin/Puffin allowing them to offer backlist titles to customers at special IBW prices – deals include Penguin & Puffin Classics, and a debut author/children’s first in series range from Orion.
There will also be a tempting collection of Children’s Collectibles on offer such as limited gift editions of There, There by award-winning Sam McBratney, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner and of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s favourite The Tiger Who Came To Tea, as well as some very special events with Illustrators in Residence at bookshops across the UK, courtesy of Bloomsbury Children’s Books and a fabulous interactive Find Wally Hunt by the publishers of Where’s Wally, Walker Books.
 Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services at the BA, commented: “We introduced the IBW Bookseller Collectibles range last year, and the feedback we had from booksellers, publishers and the public was extremely positive. This year we have worked with as many publishers as possible to expand the range in size and scope. We are proud to be able to offer some really special limited editions, for both adult and children, and hope the Collectibles and the other associated interactive projects on offer from publishers will attract customers both old and new into bookshops across the country during the Week.”
New this year, the BA has also secured a media partnership for IBW with Archant Life publishing. The Archant “Life” series covers most English counties and is read by a combined audience of 2.1 million. A double page spread devoted to IBW will run in the June/July editions of the 24 county “Life” magazines. The BA is working with individual bookshops and publishers to secure further editorial opportunities such as bookshop profiles, event listings, local author interviews, and summer reading recommendations. Special rates are also available for bookshops and publishers who choose to advertise in the IBW edition.

More information on all offers being made to bookshops for IBW can be found at 

The BA’s 2013 Non Book Product showcase will take place on the 20th May at The Oxford Hotel. 

The hotel is near Oxford city centre (just 2 miles), and sits just off the A34 and A40, and minutes from the M40.

The day will commence at 10am and finish at 4.30pm.  
The Showcase is intended to bring together a selection of companies providing goods and services which are complementary to books, whether because they are book-related, or simply enhance the bookselling offer. 
As well as a showcase with over 30 non book product suppliers ranging from chocolate, to stationery and games, there will be presentations on the practical aspects of sourcing, stocking and selling non book product.

Click here to download the programme.

Click here to book your place or email

A campaign for bookshops devised by M&C Saatchi to be launched at The London Book Fair on 16th April.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG will be launched to the trade at The London Book Fair with a presentation on Tuesday 16th April at 4pm by Patrick Neale (President of the Booksellers Association), Gail Rebuck (Chairman and CEO of Random House Group) and Lord Maurice Saatchi.  The campaign slogan will be revealed on a cloth bag designed by M&C Saatchi, along with the website and the mission statement. 

The campaign will be launched to the consumer in September and run through to Christmas. Visitors to the fair will be able to sign a `BOOKS ARE MY BAG’ wall naming their favourite bookshop or describing what their local bookshop means to them.  All visiting authors to the fair will be photographed with the bag for later use in the autumn campaign.

The concept of the BOOKS ARE MY BAG campaign is fun and simple – to crystallize and strengthen the link between a passion for books and bookshops.  All booksellers, chain, independents and publishers are coming together and speaking with one voice to celebrate the pleasure and cultural importance of the high street bookshop.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG will be launched to the consumer on Saturday, 14th September. BOOKS ARE MY BAG canvas bags will be given away by participating retailers and supported by a celebrity-led photo campaign.    
The BA will be sending to all BA members full details of how booksellers can get involved with BOOKS ARE MY BAG – including how to order bags – immediately following The London Book Fair. Booksellers can register to receive free bags and PoS and order additional bags at cost. At launch booksellers will have access to an extensive photo-library of the celebrities supporting the campaign.

BA members will be able to order bags online at the campaign website or you can download the bags order form here.  You can also view the the Trade Launch invite here.
Patrick Neale (President of the Booksellers Association) said: “Anybody who knows me knows how passionate I am about my bookshop and about the relationship between bookshops, their customers and their communities. We all know that there are many ways to buy and sell books but what BOOKS ARE MY BAG captures and celebrates is the physical; the simple truth that bookshops do more physically to let people enjoy their passion for books. I am so delighted by the support we are seeing from across the whole of bookselling and publishing for this campaign on behalf of bookshops.”
An impressive number of publishers and retailers have already pledged their support for the campaign, including Random House, Hachette, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, the Faber Alliance, Egmont, Wiley, Waterstones, WH Smiths, Easons and Independent booksellers
James Lowther (Founding Partner of M & C Saatchi ) said  “When you buy a book from a bookshop, you get a possession that you may well value for the rest of your life. You’ll have enjoyed the pleasure of browsing other books before making your choice. You may well have got advice about it from someone who loves books even more than you do, the bookseller on the other side of the counter.
And you will have partaken in a process that is a vital part of our culture, our community and our High Street.  This bag is designed to encourage the most important people, the book reading public, to assert their love and support for bookshops and encourage others to do so. It says “I use bookshops because I value them.  And I want it to stay that way”.
Gail Rebuck (Chair and CEO of Random House) said: “Bookshops are of great cultural importance to the country at large and the communities which they serve.  In these challenging times for the UK High Street, it is terrific that a world renowned advertising company – M&C Saatchi – has devised such a positive campaign for all booksellers.  This initiative focuses on the art of the possible and will celebrate the simple joy of browsing – and, of course, reading books.”

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Independent Booksellers Week Book Award 2013 (IBW Book Award), supported by independent bookshops across the country.

Publishers were invited to submit titles from which independent members of the BA selected their best ten adult and twelve children’s books for 2013. The winning books will be chosen by two judging panels comprised of authors, broadcasters and booksellers, and chaired by BA President Patrick Neale.

The IBW Book Award is unique amongst book prizes as it is the only award chosen by independent booksellers in the UK.

IBW Book Award 2013 – Adult Shortlist


Title Author Publisher
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce Black Swan
HhHH Laurent Binet Vintage
Bringing Up The Bodies Hilary Mantel HarperCollins
Capital John Lanchester Faber
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language Mark Forsyth Icon Books
Flight Behaviour Barbara Kingsolver Faber
The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller Bloomsbury
Walking Home Simon Armitage Faber
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo Portobello Books

 IBW Book Award 2013 – Children’s Shortlist 

Title Author Publisher
Wonder RJ Palacio Corgi
The Sacrifice Charlie Higson Puffin Books
Gangsta Granny David Walliams HarperCollins
White Dolphin Gill Lewis OUP
Oh No, George! Chris Haughton Walker Books
Dear Scarlett Fleur Hitchcock Nosy Crow
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Jeff Kinney Puffin Books
Maggot Moon Sally Gardner Hot Key Books
WARP: The Reluctant Assassin  Eoin Colfer Puffin Books
The Secret Hen House Theatre  Helen Peters Nosy Crow
Matilda’s Cat  Emily Gravett Macmillan Children’s Books
Socks  Nick Sharratt & Elizabeth Lindsay David Fickling Books

 ‘Independent booksellers have picked a fantastic cross-section of titles this year. Both shortlists include real variety, with debut authors featuring alongside established names and even a previous winner.  It will be fascinating to see the judges’ final selections.’ - Meryl Halls – Head of Membership Services at the Booksellers Association

Shortlisted this year, comedian and author of Gangsta Granny David Walliams commented: ‘Thank you so much for voting for me. Thank you also to all Independent bookshops and booksellers for how hard and passionately they work to support and sell books. I’m grateful to you for the huge part you’ve played in the success of my books and delighted to be a part of IBW 2013.’

Rachel Joyce author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry also said: ‘What has moved me most of all in the publishing process is the passion and commitment with which the independent booksellers have embraced HF. Without this commitment to new writing from the booksellers and this inventive flair for sales, I fear that books like mine wouldn’t stand a chance.’

Shortlisted titles will be heavily promoted by and to all participating bookshops in the UK and Ireland during Independent Booksellers Week and beyond.  Shortlisted authors will have the opportunity to participate in bookshop events as part of IBW, and shortlisted titles will be promoted as a group to booksellers via high quality POS materials including posters, bookmarks and leaflets featuring the shortlist and winning booksThe IBW and BA websites will carry full information about the shortlisted titles.

The overall winners of the IBW Book Award 2013 will be announced on 29th June 2013, the first day of Independent Booksellers Week.

Last year, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson won the adult category and the children’s prize was awarded to Eva Ibbotson for One Dog and His Boy.

For any queries, contact 020 7421 4640.


We have developed a new professional training programme for BA members! The programme includes classroom-based learning, as well as some online courses.

  • Two half-day training courses: Creating Customer Delight & Creating a Great Place to Work.
  • Website & Social Media courses: WordPress Essentials, Social Media – Getting Started & Social Media - Intermediate.
  • Online Learning: Effective Time Management, Giving Constructive Feedback & How To Delegate Successfully.
Creating Customer Delight
This session is full of practical tools to help you build positive relationships with every customer. You will leave this course inspired to give excellent customer service, and able to enjoy it too!
Creating a Great Place to Work
Enjoy a half day interactive course packed with new ideas for creating a great place to work. We promise to stimulate and challenge you. You’ll leave with at least three new ways to work in your organisation.
Both sessions are taking place on Thursday 16th May @ The BA Essentials with Happy Computers
This course is for anyone who wants to create a website without the technical skills. BA Members can attend for a specially discounted rate £180 + vat (normally £270)
24th April, 12th June @ Happy Computers
 Social Media – Getting Started
This course will help you understand the jargon and give you a hands-on experience in area including blogging, social networking and multimedia.
10th May @ Happy Computers
Social Media - Intermediate
This course is for people who have been using social media like Facebook and Twitter for a minimum of four months and want to learn how to increase the reach and impact of their social media, work more efficiently and secure their overall online strategy.
18th April @ Happy Computers

Effective Time Management   - 21st May @ 3pm
Giving Constructive Feedback – 14th June @ 3pm
How To Delegate Successfully – 19th June @ 3pm
For further information on any of the above courses, please contact Alison Pinder on 020 7421 4670 or click here.

BA Booksellers Centre at The London Book Fair – New Stand G1000
The BA is in a brand new position at The London Book Fair (Earls Court, London, 15th-17th April), so do come and visit us on the Booksellers Centre at Stand G1000, at the junction of Earls Court 1 and Earls Court 2.  There you will find the BA staff on hand to help you, a place to sit down, chat to BA Group staff, see a demo of our award-winning Batch service, see the new developments in eGift Cards from National Book Tokens, and see all the range of BA products and services.
While at the Fair, you can take advantage of the wide range of BA activity, including publisher presentations and IBF Seminars, as well as the full gamut of seminars and meetings taking place across the Fair for all three days.  If it all gets too much, though, you can come back to the Booksellers Centre and rest your weary feet!
Find out more about The London Book Fair by visiting – BA members get FREE ENTRY to the Fair, don’t forget.
The BA is also hosting a Welcome Party for our Hosted Booksellers on Monday 15th April at the Ibis Hotel – if you would like to come along to meet booksellers new to the Fair – and some PPC (Publishers Publicity Circle) publicists who are joining us - please email to let her know.  The party will also feature the wonderful Bookshop Band, who will be performing for us.
We look forward to seeing you at the London Book Fair in April.  Further information is available from or

Introduction to Bookselling
The essential course for aspiring booksellers
There is still time to book your place on this year's Introduction to Bookselling course.
This course is a must if…
  • you are considering opening a bookshop.
  • you have recently set up a bookshop.
  • you have a new member of staff that needs training in the practicalities of bookselling.
Introduction to Bookselling is specifically designed to give you a thorough grounding in bookselling.
Why the course is so essential:
  • benefit from the experience of one of the UK’s most successful booksellers.
  • learn how to build a successful and profitable business.
  • network with others new to the book trade.
Book your place now!
This full day course is just £225.00 + VAT (£270) and includes lunch.
For further information and to book your place, please click here. 

The BRC is undertaking their annual Cost of Payments Collection survey. The outcome of the longstanding BRC legal action against MasterCard and VISA on unfair interchange fees is due to be resolved mid-2014, after which European and domestic regulators will decide a course of action. It is therefore more important than ever before that we demonstrate to decision makers what a fair cost for processing card payments should be.

The survey examines the year-on-year changes in the cost for the retailer to accept cash and card payments. The 2012 survey covered £173 billion or 60% of total UK retail sales. This received national press coverage and is has also been employed as an industry standard in a number of arenas - not least, by HM Treasury, Treasury Select Committee and the OFT.

For the survey to generate even greater impact requires even greater market participation. A high take-up rate will support the survey to maintain its position as the authoritative measure of cash and cards.

BRC requests that completed forms are returned by 22 March.

Please do get in touch with Richard Braham,,  if you have any questions, queries or comments.

Download: BRC Cost of Collection Survey 2012-13

The Bookseller Industry Awards recognise the very best in and of the book trade - celebrating publishing, retailing and libraries, to provide a platform to shout about our success.  The entries are in for this year's awards; the quality and quantity of submissions across all the categories have been exceptional.
You can now book your place for the glitzy evening and make sure you and your colleagues are among the first to find out who the winners are! The night of the literary calendar, Monday 13th May at the Hilton Park Lane, this is an evening not to be missed - it's a chance for excellence in the trade to be celebrated with your peers, colleagues and friends. 
The evening includes drinks reception, three-course dinner and the all-important awards announcements. You can book a whole table of 10, or individual seats for you and a few guests. Book before 22nd March and save over 10%. Go to

National Book Tokens (NBT) is devloping a range of products to help Indie booksellers profitably sell eBooks. NBT aims to simplify the sale of eBooks by indies as well as to maximise bookseller margins.

Working via Gardners, the Indie ebook shop site is designed specifically to help Indie bookseller in three ways:
1.       Via selling the new eBook specific gift card – redeemed via the website
 2.       Sales commission for referrals – links form bookseller websitee, emails and blogs
3.       In store sales option – using the NBT ebook website Booksellers can provide the full local bookshop service, with advice and recommendation.

The annual BA conference and the Gardners Trade Show return to Warwick University on Sunday 22nd September – Monday 23rd September 2013, it was announced today.
Booksellers, publishers and other industry professionals will be able to register for the event in spring. The two day conference is designed to facilitate debate, share best practice and offer delegates networking opportunities within the book industry.
Alan Staton, BA Head of Marketing, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Warwick and to continue to work with Gardners. With their continued sponsorship we can confirm that we will be able to make the conference free to booksellers again in 2013”
The popular Gardners Trade Show takes place on Sunday 22nd September. Bob Jackson, Gardners Commercial Director, said "Following on from the success of last year's joint tradeshow and conference, we are delighted to once again be working closely with the BA, to enable booksellers to attend this important event in the bookselling calendar."
This will be followed by the Gardners-sponsored BA Conference, which commences with bookseller discussions on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd September and continues on Monday 23rd September. A social event on Sunday evening which was previously designed for booksellers only, will this year be open to all participating delegates to enable maximum networking opportunities.

For more information on the Conference, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact:


Exploring innovative resource provisions for students will be high on the agenda at this year’s Academic, Professional and Specialist Bookselling (APS) Group Conference.
University students and lecturers from Sussex, Brighton and Plymouth universities will join academic booksellers and publishers for the two day conference at The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on Wednesday 13th March. 

Independent Booksellers Week this year takes place from 29th June to 6th July, and we are aiming to build on the success of the last six years.
The bedrock of all IBW activity is authors in bookshops, and this year is no exception.  We are now inviting publishers to nominate authors for author activity in bookshops.  For each author nominated for IBW, publishers must supply:
·         Author Name
·         Author Location & maximum travel distance
·         Author availability
·         Publicist’s Contact details – phone and email
We list below some ideas which we are keen to progress.   Contact or   Please respond by March 15th 2013 by  emailing  
-       1. Author Availability for Bookshop Events: we want to collate as large a list as possible of authors who are available to bookshops during IBW – the BA then communicates the list to booksellers, who make direct contact with the publisher to organize the event logistics. 
-       Email with a list of your authors and their locations, as well as which dates during IBW they are available, and how far afield they are prepared to travel. 
-       2. Strictly Come Bookselling:  where authors try their hand at being a bookseller for a morning or afternoon (or shorter period!). This initiative proved very successful last year, and we would like to reinvigorate the idea for 2013 -  we had some strong regional and national media coverage, and the authors found the experience very enjoyable.   Ideally, we need a mix of big name authors and local authors for this to ensure national and regional coverage.
-       Email with suggestions for authors who are available and interested.
-       3. IBW Book Award  - see here for full information
-       Email for further information or to submit a title.
-       4. IBW Champions: if you have an author who is a keen champion of independents, then please ask them to consider preparing a quote we could use on IBW materials, or putting themselves forward to talk to the media about independents on the High Street and the Week – this is particularly important
-       Email with details of likely champions
All publisher offers and author availability will be communicated to all participating IBW Booksellers in regular IBW EBulletins.  They will also be listed on the campaign website
We will be encouraging booksellers to make direct contact with publishers to organize events, so it is important that you give contact names as appropriate.  Midas PR are on hand to give advice to publishers keen to set up events with booksellers, but one of the aims of IBW is to create new links between publishers, booksellers and authors.

Hilary Mantel last night picked up the Costa Book of the Year Award for her bestselling novel Bring Up The Bodies.This makes her the first author ever to win the Man Booker Prize and Costa Book Award in the same year.

For information about the Costa Award and the new Short Story Award, visit or contact

Registration is now open for The London Book Fair 2013.

BA Members can register HERE for FREE entry to the three day event.

For more information on the BA at The London Book Fair and all bookseller related events go to The BA at LBF or contact and


News for release, 22nd January 2013:  The Booksellers Association (BA) has announced that this year’s Independent Booksellers Week (IBW) will run from 29th June – 6th July 2013. The Independent Booksellers Week Book Award 2013 (IBW Book Award) will again be at the core of the Week’s trade and consumer promotional activities, and submissions are now open. Publishers are invited to select titles that they would like to see championed by independent booksellers during IBW. To qualify for the prize, nominated titles must be available in paperback on 29th June 2013 and published in paperback between 1st January 2013 and 29th June 2013. The deadline for submissions is 28th February 2013.
The BA has revamped the judging process for the IBW Book Award this year.  A longlist will be drawn up from which independent booksellers will choose a shortlist of 12 titles in the children’s category and 10 titles in the adult category. The shortlist will be announced at the end of May. Two new look judging panels comprised of authors, broadcasters and booksellers, and chaired by BA President Patrick Neale, will then meet to determine the winners of each category, which will be announced on 29th June – the opening day of IBW 2013. 
The panel of Judges for 2013 is:
Adult Category Judges
Edmund de Waal (author)
Anita Rani (broadcaster and television presenter)
Sally Johnson (Caxton Books & Gallery, Frinton-on-Sea)
Andy Rossiter (Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth)
Children’s Category Judges
Charlie Higson (author)
Janet Ellis (children’s television presenter)
Kate Agnew (Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill)
Vanessa Lewis (Book Nook, Hove)

Patrick Neale, BA President and Jaffe & Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton commented: “I am delighted to be chairing the IBW Book Award. There are lots of book prizes but this one is special. Every author I have ever met loves independent bookshops. So I know how much this award means to the winners. I really look forward to reading the entries for both the Children’s and Adult categories and know that there will be a lot of real treats in store.”
Edmund de Waal, author and judge, Adult Category, said: 'I am a huge evangelist for independent bookshops. They allow the encounters between books and readers to happen in unexpected ways. Buying books should be a conversation and these bookshops are spaces in which this is encouraged. I won the prize in the 2011 and remain very grateful for the success of The Hare with Amber Eyes, as much of its reach was due to independent booksellers enthusing about it to their customers. We will be an impoverished place if we allow these bookshops to disappear.'
Charlie Higson, author and judge, Children’s Category, commented: “The IBW Book Award is one of the best because it's backed by the people at the coal face, men and women who devote their lives to reading, buying and selling books. So it's a great honour to be asked to help judge this year's Children's Award. I look forward to many happy hours reading the nominated books.”
Shortlisted titles will be heavily promoted by and to all participating bookshops in the UK and Ireland during Independent Booksellers Week and beyond.  Shortlisted authors will have the opportunity to participate in bookshop events as part of IBW, and shortlisted titles will be promoted as a group to booksellers via high quality POS materials including posters, bookmarks and leaflets featuring the shortlist and winning books. The IBW and BA websites will carry full information about the shortlisted titles.
2012 winners were Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson in the adult category and One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson in the children’s category.
For further information about terms and conditions, and a downloadable application form please contact Sharon Benton at the BA on and visit:

The winners of the 2012 Costa Book Awards were announced on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on the 2nd January 2013.

The winners are as follows:

Novel: Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
First Novel: The Innocents, by Francesca Segal (Chatto & Windus)
Biography:  Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, by Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Poetry: The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamie (Picador)
Children's: Maggot Moon, by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

Vist for more information on the Awards.

Hosted Bookseller Programme for The London Book Fair 2013 15th – 17th April 2013
Building on the success of our BA/LBF Hosted Bookseller Programme for the last two years, we are delighted to announce that we will again be running the Programme for The London Book Fair 2013. You can apply NOW to be part of the Programme and receive a FREE night’s accommodation at the nearby Ibis Hotel. The Ibis is perfectly placed within walking distance of Earls Court, and all successful applicants will not only receive FREE accommodation on Monday 15th April, they will also be able to take advantage of special Hosted Bookseller activity for BA members:
·         A sponsored Drinks Reception at the Ibis Hotel on Monday evening
·         Goody Bags
·         Orientation Packs at the BA Bookseller Centre on Arrival
·         FREE entry to the Fair
·         FREE show catalogue
·         FREE IBF Seminar Programme
·         FREE attendance at IBF Publisher Presentations
·         FREE attendance at PA/BA Children’s Books Presentation
To apply, applicants must:
·         Be BA Members
·         Have not attended the London Book Fair since at least 2010
·         Be prepared to fund their own travel to London
·         Commit to register for London Book Fair online
·         Commit to visit the BA Bookseller Centre to register for the Hosted Bookseller Programme
·         Complete a survey after the Fair, giving feedback on the Programme
There are approximately 50 places on this programme, which will be allocated to eligible booksellers strictly on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis, so please email  with your application, stating your NAME, BOOKSHOP, DATE OF LAST VISIT TO LBF. The BA will inform successful applicants ASAP.
We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck! In the meantime, visit the site to see all the activity on offer

IndieBound: Real Recommendations from Bookshops!

As you may have heard, a new consumer-facing IndieBound website has been launched.
Extending the reach of IndieBound’s current trade-focused campaign, the site is uniquely positioned as the antidote to algorithm-based, chart-led, celebrity-endorsed book recommendations; a forum where book lovers can share their passion for books and use the expertise of real booksellers to discover inspiring new reads. This is strongly supported by social media activity, predominantly on Facebook, where readers can ask for personalised recommendations from booksellers.
Booksellers are encouraged to continue submitting recommendations throughout the year, and help answer requests for advice on Facebook.
Visit the site or the Facebook page to take part

Also you can interact with and follow the site on Twitter @IndieBoundbooks 
Not only is this a great opportunity to promote your bookshop (as each shop will be credited for its recommendation), it’s a fantastic chance to demonstrate your expert knowledge!
Booksellers can submit as many recommendations as they wish online at For more information about IndieBound, and to get involved with recommending books on Facebook, please email


Dear BA member,
Your views are sought by <>  before 6th November 2012 by a new body set up by Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, to look into e-book lending by public libraries.
 I urge you to take the time to read this note and to respond to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport if you feel able. We believe that unrestricted e-book lending could have far-reaching consequences for bookselling.
 In broad terms, librarians are pushing for public libraries to be permitted by the rightsholders (publishers and authors) to loan a lot more e-books.  Publishers have been generally reluctant to give the librarians – and the library suppliers – the permissions they need, because they fear that the universal free lending of e-books without any controls or restrictions will seriously damage any publishing model and eradicate any rewards for both authors and publishers ………… and remove the need for bookshops.  After all, if any e-book is available free just by clicking a mouse, then the chances of you then going out to buy a book are pretty slim.  Publishers are also concerned about the potential for an increase in piracy.
BA position
 The BA is really concerned that e-book lending by public libraries has the potential to harm our members’ book sales.  I’ve written a number of letters to our Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, on the subject.  Reproduced below is my last one!
Dear Ed,
 I know you are currently considering the views of the publishers and the librarians about e-book lending.  Our members will be affected by whatever outcome evolves from the various discussions, so I hope you will factor our views into your deliberations.
We very much support the position of The Publishers Association in this matter.  Late last year, the PA set out its position on e-book lending in libraries. Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association said:
 “Ultimately, the activities of selling and lending have to be able to co-exist with neither unduly harming the other. If ebook lending were untrammelled it would pose an extremely potent threat to the retail market which in the long-term would undermine the ability of authors, and the companies which invest in them, to see a reward for their creativity.  This would be hugely a negative outcome for everyone, including libraries and their communities.”
The BA very much believes in the importance of public libraries. But libraries have to recognise that if e-book lending were without controls, it would pose an extremely potent threat to the retail market, to publishers and authors.  As you may know, we had instances a while ago of public libraries offering to loan e-books 24/7 to anyone without any controls.  Apparently some borrowers were as far away as China!
If bookshops are substantially undermined by e-book lending without fair controls, then they may well go out of business, which will not be in the interests of the libraries and communities they serve.  Also, there is a real danger of e-books lent by libraries being copied illegally, as it seems experienced pirates are able to get round the DRM protection.
In our view, e-books should be treated simply as a different book format and be subject to restrictions in the same way as printed books. We are not against libraries being able to loan e-books. But we want this to happen in such a way that the sales in bookshops are not substantially undermined.
 As far as e-books are concerned, the BA’s position is as follows:
·         We believe that access to e-books should only be permitted to permanent residents who hold a library membership card.  (However, we realise that libraries may also offer access to regular users who may commute into their area – as many do in London.)
 ·         We do not believe that temporary membership should be granted by libraries for visitors.
 ·         We take the view that provided membership is only permitted to permanent residents who hold a library membership card, that remote access to the library’s website is acceptable.
 ·         Libraries should only be able to lend e-books for a pre-determined period to a borrower on a one book/one user basis, as happens now with physical books - the technology already exists.
 ·         We believe that libraries should impose a charge when downloading or providing access to an e-book (as is usually the case with DVDs and audiobooks at present).
 ·         Monies collected by the library could then be ring-fenced and used to increase the book fund.
The BA has publicly supported recent efforts to stop the closure of public libraries.   We understand that over £1,000m of public money goes to fund the library service annually, yet only just over £90m goes towards the book fund.   We believe the percentage spent on books by libraries (as a percentage of the total funding) has to be increased.
We do hope you and your DCMS colleagues will take our views into consideration.
 With best wishes,
 Yours sincerely
 Tim Godfray
 BA Chief Executive

We are delighted to be offering booksellers the chance to sign up to and annual pack of POS, comprising 12 occasions.  Each occasion will be supplied with two sizes of poster and 200 bookmarks.  The packs will be sent out in two deliveries, and the cost for this new service is £70 +VAT.

Click to download the order form or email 

As part of our new, consumer-facing IndieBound initiative (which will launch soon), we’re building a bank of inspired recommendations for an exciting new IndieBound site and we need your help!

 The site, and associated social media, will be positioned as the antidote to algorithm-based, chart-led, celebrity-endorsed book recommendations. It will connect readers to booksellers through a shared passion for great books, allowing book-lovers to seek book inspiration from you, the expert bookseller. 
Participating in this new IndieBound community is  a great opportunity to promote your bookshop to consumers, as each bookseller will receive recognition for their recommendation with the inclusion of shop details and a direct link to your website.
To participate all you need do is recommend your latest reads in one of the following ways:
1. Online - completing the online form at
2. Email – sending us the book title(s), author(s) and your recommendation(s) to    
Please recommend as many books as you like - these can be books that you have loved, hidden gems, mid-list classics or that are simply selling well in your shop. Your recommendations don’t need to be lengthy, 30 words is fine! 
If you have any questions about any of the above, or would prefer to send us your recommendations, please e-mail

Record number of booksellers from across the UK will meet publishers in Warwick next week (16-17 Sep), as the industry convenes under one roof for the annual Book Industry conference.
Over 170 booksellers from across high street chains and, large and small publishers, wholesalers, marketers and authors, will come together to exchange ideas and to promote best practice in high-street bookselling during this key event in the book industry calendar, this year taking place at the University of Warwick. 
Many of the top publishers in attendance will participate in the Fever Pitch Lunch, in which they will present their forthcoming titles to booksellers over a working buffet lunch. Participating publishers include Constable & Robinson, Orion, Bloomsbury, The Random House Goup, HarperCollins, Lonely Planet, Little Brown, Hodder, Turnaround, Saltway, Impress Books, Macmillan and Headline.
From the phycology of shopping and the changing behaviour of customers to the relationship between booksellers and publishers, and the latest research into e-books and consumers, the conference will provide practical suggestions to ensure a positive future in high-street bookselling and the essential role of the retailer in reaching Britain’s consumers.
Alan Staton, BA Head of Marketing, comments:
“This year’s conference presents publishers with the unique opportunity to meet an unprecedented number of booksellers in the lead up to the crucial Christmas season. Not only does it provide them with a chance to directly present booksellers with their forthcoming titles, but it also facilitates important discussions that can help them increase their ability to connect with readers on a long-term basis.”

The three trade Presidents are to give closing keynotes at the BA Conference on 17th September.
Patrick Neale, BA President, Ursula Mackenzie, PA President and Lindsey Davis, President of the Society of Authors will offer their thoughts on the future of bookselling which will be followed by a panel debate chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink, Director of Quick Reads.

For more information on the Conference please click here

The BA is planning to produce a Guide to Scottish Bookshops to celebrate Book Week Scotland, which runs from 26th November to 2nd December.  Produced in association with Publishing Scotland, the Guide will be part of a Scottish Books and Bookshops booklet, designed to promote Scottish books and Scottish bookshops to consumers during the St Andrews Day-focussed celebrations.

Further information is available from or by visiting

Publishers attending the Booksellers Association (BA) conference will pitch their Christmas books to become Bookshop Originals - independent booksellers’ top 10 Christmas books.
New BA President and co-owner of Jaffe & Neale, Patrick Neale, said:
“With Bookshop Originals we are asking booksellers to listen to publishers’ pitches and then choose their top 10 ’surprise’ Christmas hits. It is a great opportunity for publishers to get their quirky, interesting books in front of booksellers before the crucial Christmas season and pitch them to the people who will be hand-selling books to customers.”
The BA conference will be held at The Warwick University Conference Centre on the 16 - 17 September, and it will highlight the importance of high-street bookselling to publishing and will explore the opportunities for practical and imaginative collaboration between booksellers and publishers.
Patrick Neale also said:
“The BA Conference is the best place for publishers and booksellers to meet en masse and discuss the book-buying consumer and the challenges in getting new books into their hands. Bookshops play a crucial role in the discovery of books, running literary festivals and events, and they are instrumental in launching many new authors. There is no doubt that it is a challenging time for bookshops so it couldn’t be a better time to meet together and discuss the future of the industry.”
Regarded as one of the biggest events in the book trade calendar for over 100 years, the conference has constantly evolved and adapted to meet the changes and challenges of the Book Industry. It will be the first time the conference will incorporate the highly successful Independent Booksellers Forum (IBF), which has been held at this venue for a number of years and will be preceded by the Gardeners Books tradeshow.
The conference will be held at The Warwick University Conference Centre on the 16 - 17 September, and it will highlight the importance of high-street bookselling to publishing and will explore the opportunities for practical and imaginative collaboration between booksellers and publishers.
Registration for the event is now open. 
Publishers who would like to pitch a book for Bookshop Originals should contact 

Find Your Local Bookshop
As part of the BA's Keep Books on the High Street campaign, we are encouraging all our friends and partners in the book trade to take a step in favour of contemporary high street bookshops.  We believe consumers deserve the choice of shopping with their local bookseller, whether on the high street or on their website.  So we urge you to introduce the idea of bookshops to your website visitors.  Here’s how…
We have created a Find Your Local Bookshop button, which, used in conjunction with this link - - will take visitors to the BA bookshop search page, where they can search the over 3500 outlets in BA membership.  BA members range from single independents in market towns, to campus bookstores, through Christian specialists, to large national bookselling chains and supermarkets.    Consumers can search for All BA members, Independents Only and/or Chain and Independent Booksellers – and can then decide whether to buy online or visit their community bookshop.

If you would like a copy of the image file, email 

Entries open from Monday 16th July to Friday 7th September
Submissions to be judged anonymously
Winner to be voted for by public and announced at Costa Book Awards ceremony
Costa has launched the Costa Short Story Award, a brand new Award for a single short story that will run in association with the Costa Book Awards but be judged independently of the main five-category system.
The new Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English.  The author’s primary residence must have been the UK or Ireland for the past three years.
Entry opens on Monday 16th July and closes at 4pm on Friday 7th September.  Entries must be submitted online via a dedicated page at  Entrants need not have been previously published but publishers and agents may submit entries on behalf of authors.
All entries will be judged anonymously – in other words, without the identity of the author being available to the judges.
A panel of five judges will select a shortlist of six entries which will be revealed in November. The public will then be invited to vote online for their favourite story from the six finalists. 
The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on 29th January 2013 and will receive £3,500; two runners-up will each receive £750.
The judges for the 2012 Costa Short Story Award are:
Richard Beard: Director of the National Academy of Writing
Fanny Blake: Novelist and Journalist; Books Editor of Woman & Home
Gary Kemp: Songwriter and guitarist for Spandau Ballet; Actor and Writer
Victoria Hislop: Writer
Simon Trewin: Agent, William Morris Endeavor
“What’s really exciting about our new Short Story Award is that it’s open to absolutely everyone,” commented Kevin Hydes, Marketing Director, Costa UK.  “For the first time, we’re able to extend the reach of the Book Awards in ways we never have before.  You don’t need a publisher or an agent to enter this competition, just an idea and writing talent and we’re encouraging anyone who has ever considered writing creatively, and those who write already professionally or otherwise, to enter.”
The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books of the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.  Originally established by Whitbread PLC in 1971, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s prestigious and popular book prize in 2006.
For more information on this year’s Costa Book Awards, go to

Publishers deadline extended to 11 July, Bookseller order deadline extended to 13 July

The Guardian maps the Literary Landscape of the UK and Ireland with NBT

Patrick Neale, co-owner of Jaffe & Neale Bookshop and Cafe in Chipping Norton, has taken over as BA President from Jane Streeter, who completed her two-year term of office at the BA AGM in London yesterday.

BA Vice President David Prescott (Blackwells) and BA CEO Tim Godfray paid homage to Jane Streeter's much-respected time as President, which has been distinguished by a tireless dedication and a commitment to action.

Patrick Neale will serve as BA President until the BA AGM 2014, and vowed yesterday to continue the positive work started by Jane Streeter, particularly in regard to publisher relations, establishing ebook availability for independents and bookseller engagement with the BA.

The 2012 BA Conference will take place on 16-17 September, together with the Gardners Tradeshow, in Warwick. To secure your place you can complete the PDF booking form and return to the BA, or you can register online. Visit the Conference Section of the site to register: BA Conference 2012

Following their successful  BA Independent Booksellers Forum presentation on Internet Marketing at the London Book Fair, WSI Polaris, who have worked extensively with the Canadian Booksellers Association, have now set up a programme of webinars for BA members for three further education sessions covering some of the essentials of building your strategy for marketing on the internet. 
These will run through the next few months, especially for BA members, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:00 am BST, so please mark your calendars:
Webinar 1:    Thursday, 31st May   
Search Marketing: Generating Targeted Traffic and Turning Visitors into Customers
Webinar 2:    Thursday, 28th June  
Search Advertising - How Google Places has Changed Everything
 Webinar 3:    Thursday, 26th July   
Understanding Social Media - How to use Social Media for Advertising and Events
 To register for the first of these webinars, follow this URL:
 Contact WSI directly if you have any questions about the webinar programme, on 0844 324 6021, or via email at  Alternatively, contact 

Adult and Children's Shortlists Announced for IBW Book Award 2012

We are delighted to announce the next Introduction to Bookselling Course, to take place at the BA on 24th October.  Click below for the booking form.

Further information is available from 


Hodder, Random House and Independent Alliance lead
the way in supporting IBW 2012
Hodder, Random House, the Independent Alliance and a range of other major and independent publishers are showing their support of Independent Booksellers Week (IBW) by producing exclusive products for the IBW Collectibles range, a new IBW initiative designed to appeal to book consumers. 
IBW Collectibles will be available only for independent booksellers for IBW, which this year takes place from 30th June to 7th July.
Hodder is producing a special limited deluxe edition of Gold by Chris Cleave which will be signed and numbered by the author and will feature a slipcase, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and different end papers from the main edition.
From Random House, Man Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes has written an essay called A Life with Books which was specially commissioned by Jonathan Cape for IBW.  It will be published in pamphlet format and supplied exclusively to independent bookshops for the week.  In it, Julian Barnes writes about his early awareness of books and about his obsessive book-collecting and time spent in second-hand bookshops around the country.
Commenting on the release of A Life with Books, independent bookseller and BA Council member Nic Bottomley (Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath), said: “The Julian Barnes essay is exactly slap bang on the nail, the very best kind of support for indies and IBW that publishers can give. Just what some of us had in mind when first pointing to the example of Independent Record Store Day. Unique content, attractive no doubt, great subject matter, slim, affordable, clearly capable of generating PR and bringing people into our shops.
Independent publishers are also showing their support with bespoke goodies. Canongate is offering a three month exclusive deal to independent booksellers on the paperback edition of Solzhenitsyn’s Apricot Jam and Other Stories, which will be available in indies from the start of IBW until publication for the rest of the trade on 6th September.
Sort Of Books is offering Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart in a special IBW hardback edition at £9.99, and Profile a limited deluxe edition of Just My Type by Simon Garfield.  Faber is offering the Faber Poetry Diary exclusively for indie booksellers for two months – available from IBW onwards to indie booksellers; available to the rest of the trade from the end of August 2012.
Walker Books is offering bookshops a Where’s Wally Treasure Hunt which they can run locally during IBW, attracting children and their parents in-store and providing a fun community resource. 
Other publishers are offering signed copies of key hardbacks exclusively to indies, including Orion with Michael Palin’s The Truth and Anthony Beevor’s The Second World War, as well as Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce with extra features.  Orion is also offering some promotions to indies for IBW, including a 3 for 2 on children’s summer reading.  Little, Brown is offering signed copies of Katherine McMahon’s This Is How It Ends and Macmillan is offering indies a gift plush box set of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard.
With 12 weeks to go the largest number of  bookshops since 2008  have signed up for IBW -  to date over 270 bookshops have registered; all the more impressive in an environment where bookshop numbers are falling.  Authors who have already agreed to take part in events include: Jake Arnott, Lindsey Davis, Peter Hamilton, Sophie Hannah, Lisa Jewell, Francesca Kay, Fiona Mountain, Gervase Phinn and Peter Robinson.
IBW again sees the incorporation of National Reading Group Day (30th June), a joint venture between IBW and The Reading Agency, which highlights reading groups and their importance to both bookshops and libraries.  IBW is delighted to launch the 2012 NRGD Competition, where Chris Cleave (Gold, The Other Hand, Incendiary) is offering himself as a prize to a reading group.  Details of the competition – open to reading groups run through bookshops or libraries – will appear shortly on both the IBW and Reading Groups for Everyone websites and
Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services, The Booksellers Association commented: “This is just the start of what promises to be another great promotional week.  We are absolutely delighted with the support we have had from publishers, authors and booksellers alike and we look forward to seeing a whole host of exciting events and promotions taking place across the country.”
Publishers interested in participating in Independent Booksellers Week should contact Meryl Halls at the BA or or call 020 7421 4640.
For further information, please contact Tracey Jennings or Emma Lawson, Midas Public Relations, tel: 020 7361 7860, email:
Notes to editors:

  • Independent Booksellers Week (IBW), now in its fifth year, is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the important part that ‘indies’ play in their communities and the excellent, personal service they provide for customers. 
  • Hundreds of events and promotions will be taking place at independent bookshops around the country. Local bookshops who take part in IBW are supported by the The Booksellers Association with the preparation of toolkit packs, including information on how to engage with the local community and media, and point-of-sale materials. 
  • National Reading Group Day, which takes place on Saturday 30th June, allows booksellers to focus on the Reading Group phenomenon, organise their own Reading Group Day, or partner with other organisations, such as local libraries, to create a lively reading group initiative. 

The Future of High Street Bookselling Top of the Agenda at BA Conference September 2012

Independent Booksellers Week will run from 30th June to 7th July 2012.  Further information is available from 

Novelist Andrew Miller has won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year, his first major literary award, for his sixth novel, Pure.

The BA welcomes the Portas Review into UK High Streets.