Welcome to Independent Booksellers Week!
Independent Booksellers’ Week, a national celebration of independent bookshops, will take place from 29th June to 6th July 2013. A huge thanks to all the booksellers, publishers, authors and customers who came together to make IBW last year so special, and we look forward to working with you all again this year. Below are some great photos of the 2012 POS in action, and there will be a lot of photos on the News page.
We are VERY excited about our IBW Debate at the South Bank Centre on 3rd July – please do come along! Book tickets here http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-perfect-storm-73632?dt=2013-07-03
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
You are invited to attend our inaugural IBW Debate, which we are holding at the South Bank Centre on 3rd July, 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 Gordon Wise and economics commentator Lindsay Mackie.
A key new element for IBW 2013 is our programme of IBW Bookseller Collectibles. Inspired by Independent Record Store Day www.recordstoreday.co.uk we are promoting creating a small range of titles, in association with supporting publishers, of IBW product, available only through independents, for IBW 2013. We are working with as many publishers as possible to achieve this, and in doing so, creating reasons for consumers to visit indie bookshops during the Week. Increasing the consumer attractions for the Week will help to supplement the events programming already established, will deliver a real local and commercial message for booksellers to take to their communities – so crucial to a healthy bookselling sector – as well as attract more bookseller engagement, and the reach of the campaign across the UK, building commitment to bookshops and the books they sell.
If you are a publisher interested in getting involved in IBW for 2013, please email email@example.com. If you are a bookseller who would like to register to participate in IBW 2013, and receive the IBW POS Kit, again email Sharon and she will register you.
Independent Booksellers’ Week is part of the IndieBound campaign for independent bookshops, which promotes independent bookshops, great books, strong reading communities, and the idea of shopping locally and sustainably - www.indiebound.org.uk
An exciting new development for 2011 was the inclusion of National Reading Group Day, which will again take place, this year on Saturday 29th June. National Reading Group Day is one of BA President Jane Streeter’s key objectives, and is about capitalising on the current huge grassroots affection for Reading Groups in the UK. Many booksellers run groups in or through their shops, but others simply supply local reading groups with copies, or help with recommendations. There are many ways in which you can engage with your local reading groups, which are an excellent route into the wider community. Once you have established a Reading Group Community, you can hold events, literary lunches or even walks and trips, based on the Group, or on what they are reading.
Take a look around this website to find out more, and visit the 2011 pages to see what we did last year too. You can also keep up to date with latest news via Twitter and Facebook. Please also sign up to our RSS feed for news updates, by clicking on the icon on the bottom left of this page.
All best wishes,
The IBW Team