The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited


The Independent Booksellers Forum is the BA’s independent booksellers group. It exists to bring independent booksellers together across the UK, to facilitate the exchange of best practice and the sharing of ideas and experience. The IBF is open to, and FREE for, any independent bookseller within the BA.

The Independent Booksellers Forum aims to generate ideas, provide opportunities to meet with other booksellers facing the same challenges and successes, engage in independent marketing strategies and obtain useful advice on practical day-to-day issues. All IBF resources are FREE to BA independent booksellers.

Regional Meetings
For 2016 we have bookshop evenings planned in Thirsk, Colchester, Cardiff, Swansea and sponsorship from HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Macmillan and Walker. The bookshop evenings are a relaxed way for booksellers to meet other local booksellers, as well as our supporting publishers.

To find out more information and to book your place, please visit our Events website.  Alternatively, please get in touch with Alan Staton or Naomi Gane

Other Services and Campaigns
The IBF also runs the IBF Bookseller Fitness Programme, the independents’ marketing campaign IndieBound UK and Independent Bookshop Week.

You can also find out more information about IndieBound and Independent Bookshop Week here: 

Advisory Panel
  • Kelly Bradford, Beckenham Bookshop
  • Catherine Hetherington, New Bookshop, Cockermouth
  • Matt Taylor, Chepstow Books & Gifts
    Helen Stanton, Forum Books & Kids, Corbridge
    Emma Corfield-Walters, Book-ish, Crickhowell
    Debbie James, The Bookshop Kibworth
  • Ron Johns, Mabecron Books, Falmouth
  • Sally Johnson, Caxton Books & Gallery, Frinton on Sea
  • Tim Morris, Booka, Oswestry
  • Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton
  • Andy Rossiter, Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye
  • Marie Telford, Hayling Island Bookshop
  • Paul Wallace, David's Bookshop, Letchworth

For more information about the IBF contact or