The BA’s specialist groups represent the interests of those selling within each sector, particularly in their relations with publishers, suppliers and other key organisation. They also act as sounding boards and knowledge centres for both booksellers and the wider trade.
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Academic Booksellers Group
The BA Academic, Professional and Academic Bookselling Group represent all booksellers with a commercial interest in tertiary education.
As well as meeting regularly throughout the year as a group, and with publishers and other significant organisations, the group hosts an Annual Conference which is attended by representatives throughout the whole sector; booksellers, publishers, wholesalers and other trade organisations.
APS Book Trade Awards
The APS Book Trade Awards are given out each year during the APS Conference. The 2016 winners were:
- Publisher of the Year – Oxford University Press
- Rep of the Year - Stevie Thompson, OUP
- Innovation of the Year Ad - learn.blackwell.co.uk
- Chain Bookseller of the Year - John Smith
- Bookshop of the Year - Irfan Jalil, John Smith, Aston and Birmingham
- Bookseller of the Year - Blackwell’s, University of Sheffield
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Children's Bookselling Group
The BA Children’s Bookselling Group is very active and represents the interests of those selling within this sector, especially in relations with publishers, suppliers and other key organisations. There are over 100 specialist children’s booksellers in the UK and Ireland who are members of the Booksellers Association and the committee meet regularly throughout the year. To search for a children’s bookshop, please click here
To view the executive committee for 2015/2016, please click here
BA Christian Booksellers Group
The Booksellers Association's Christian Booksellers Group
is the largest of the Booksellers Association's specialist groups. It represents the views and concerns of Christian booksellers to publishers, suppliers and others and holds a watching brief on the trade.
The BA helps foster relationships with publishers, members' suppliers and others and encourages members to look to the future.
Membership of the BA gives you access to all its products and services, including advice, information and trade promotions.
Some 10% of the 4,300 retail outlets in membership of the BA belong to the Christian Booksellers Group, reflecting the
importance that Christian booksellers place on their work.
Christian bookselling is of a very specialist nature and differs considerably from the rest of the trade.
As a Christian bookseller you are serving God and financial reward may not be uppermost in your mind.
Your work may be constantly hampered by financial concerns.
Your own suppliers or bookclubs may well be making offers to the public which are detrimental to your trade.
The public may be reticent to enter premises which are too obviously Christian or even reticent to enter bookshops which do not reflect the current trends in high street bookselling.
Your mission as a Christian bookseller, together with the difficult circumstances in which you often operate, means you need the Christian Booksellers Group.
Information on the Group
Each year the Group's Annual General Meeting, to which all members are warmly invited, elects an Executive Committee to oversee the Group's work at some four meetings during the year. The Committee divides its responsibilities as follows and individual members of it would be glad to hear from you.
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BA School Suppliers Group
The BA School Suppliers Group includes all members with an interest in school supply, whether they are solely School Suppliers or Bookshops with school supply business.
The group meet throughout the year with a strong emphasis on publisher-liaison.
The group aims to keep abreast of changes within the sector; in publishing, retail, delivery, schools’ strategy and buying practices, and government and LEA policy.
Group Chair: Richard Heath, Heath Educational Supplies.