The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

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Independent Bookshop Week

Independent Bookshop Week launched in 2006 and is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign. It is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the role independents play in their communities.
Independent Bookshop Week 2024 will take place Saturday 15 – Saturday 22 June.
Hachette UK is the headline sponsor of Independent Bookshop Week. We’re grateful to Gardners for their help distributing the point of sale kits. Midas looks after media coverage for the campaign.

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The Indie Book Awards comprise four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction and Picture Book. Publishers can submit up to three titles per imprint, per category. Independent booksellers across the UK and Ireland will vote on the submitted titles to create the shortlist. A panel of judges will decide on the four winners. The Indie Book Awards shortlist and winners are promoted to and by all bookshops participating in Independent Bookshop Week. Please contact if you have any questions about the Indie Book Awards. 

Indie Book Awards 2023 winners:

Demon Copperhead  by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber & Faber)
Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fourth Estate)
Skandar and the Unicorn Thief  by A F Steadman (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)
The Boy With Flowers in His Hair by Jarvis (Walker Books)

Indie Book Awards 2024 key dates
Friday 10 May: Indie Book Awards Shortlist Announced
Thursday 20 June: Indie Book Awards Winners Announced
If you have any queries about the Indie Book Awards, please contact

Booksellers Association members may opt in or out of participating in Independent Bookshop Week at any point. Please email if you would like to check if you are registered to participate, or if you would like to change your participation.

If you are an author, poet, illustrator, agent or publisher and would like to know more about the campaign, please email