The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Whether you are contemplating working in a bookshop, planning to open your own bookshop, or are in the process of buying an existing business, listed below are the key organisations you should know about, as well as links to a range of useful resources.

Book Industry News & Publications

The Bookseller
BA Market Intelligence Blog
BA Legal Reports
Bookselling Essentials
BA Annual Report
Getting The Most From Your BA Membership
BA Directory of Members
BA Online Directory of UK & Irish Book Publishers
Our newsletter Bookselling Essentials and Annual Report together with our member benefits booklet Getting The Most From Your BA Membership, give a good overview and insight to the BA services and those provided through our sister companies National Book Tokens and Batch.
The weekly trade magazine, The Bookseller and the BA’s own Market Intelligence Blog is where you will find all the latest industry news.
Bookshops for sale are often advertised in the local press, in The Booksellerand sometimes notified to the BA to communicate to prospective enquirers – email to check.
Bookshop Marketing & Social Media
National Book Tokens
National Book Token – Indie eBooks
Find Your Local Bookshop
The Bookshop Map
IndieBound UK
Independent Booksellers Week
BA Christmas Books
Books Are My Bag
World Book Day
OU Set Books
Embargoed Titles
The Reading Agency
Reading Groups
Digital Marketing
Don’t forget to find out about using social media as part of your marketing to promote your business and connect with potential and existing customers. The BA runs free workshops to help members get set up on Twitter and Facebook, as well as providing free social media guides.
Follow the BA on Facebook and Twitter.
Events such as World Book Day, Books Are My Bag, IndieBound UK, Independent Booksellers Week, and services such as The Bookshop Map, Caboodle and Indie eBooks are all provided by the BA to help members promote their business.
Bookshop Supply Chain & Equipment
BA Industry Reports
Book Industry Communication
BA Retail Directory
The Bookseller
Guardian Jobs
Working, jobs and pensions
If you’re looking to gain some initial work experience, or would like to update your bookselling skills to re-enter the market, check out the job section in the local/national/trade press and also
Training & Networking
BA Conferences
BA Regional Meetings
BA Special Interest Groups
Creative Skillset
How to Start and Run a Bookshop
Introduction to Bookselling Course
London Book Fair Bookseller Seminars
Our publication How to Start and Run a Bookshop is essential reading for all aspiring booksellers, existing and new bookshop managers, staff, and owners.
Contact Alison Pinder to register your interest for future dates for the BA’s Introduction to Bookselling course which runs twice a year.
Trade Organisations
European & International Booksellers Federation
The Publishers Association
The Independent Publishers Guild
The Book Marketing Society
Publishing Ireland
Publishing Scotland
Society of Authors
Industry organisations such as The PA, IPG and The Society of Authors provide much valuable information for new booksellers.

Financial & Commercial Business Resources
British Chambers of Commerce
Write A Business Plan
Businesses & Self-Employed
Business Finance & Support Finder
EU Grants, Funds & Programmes By Category
UK Business Angels Association
British Venture Capital Association
RICS Small Business Property Guide
BA Industry Reports
BA Services

If you have any questions, or would like further information on how our membership products and services can help to make a difference to your business, please contact the BA staff below:
Pippa Halpin –
Meryl Halls –

NB: If you’re already trading, or opening soon, you can apply for BA membership now online at: