Welcome to the Bookseller Resources Page

Here, you will find a selection of helpful resources to help you take part in Independent Booksellers Week and run your own events – including brand new media contact lists for regions of the UK towards the bottom of the page.  We also have a full list of all the titles listed in the IBW Guardian Guide to Children’s Books in case you want to stock those titles -here.

New resources will be added all the time, including information on press coverage – scroll down too to see the Guide to Organizing Events.

We are sending out regular IBW Bulletins to registered bookshops.  Here they are so far:

IBW Bulletin 1 – Welcome

IBW Bulletin 2 – Find Wally Hunt

Find Wally Brochure

Wally Welcome Letter_2014

Wally Window_cling_2014

Wally Host Bookseller

Sample Pitch Letter 2014

Instructions for participating UK businesses 2014





Welcome Letter_2014

IBW Bulletin 3 – Bloomsbury Children’s Books

IBW Bulletin 4 – Orion Offers 2

IBW Bulletin 5 – HarperCollins Exclusives for IBW

IBW Bulletin 6 – Piccadilly Press IBW Exclusive

IBW Bulletin 7 – Bookshop Map Launch

IBW Bulletin 8- Mark Forsyth IBW Exclusive

Mark Forsyth Independent Booksellers Week order form

Unknown Unknown Information Sheet

IBW Bulletin 9- Faber Diary Exclusive for IBW

IBW Bulletin 10 – Macmillan Offer, Authors for IBW

IBW Bulletin 11 – Bloomsbury Offers

IBW Bulletin 12- Walker Books Signed Copies and Wally Reminder

Campbell Order Form IBW

Macmillan Information

The Julia Donaldson Independent Bookshop of the Month Award

IBW Bulletin 13 – Random House Authors

IBW Bulletin 14- Quercus Authors Available

IBW Bulletin 15 – Legend Press Authors

IBW Bulletin 16 – Nosy Crow Authors & Illustrators Available

IBW Bulletin 17 – Walker Authors & Illustrators Available

IBW Bulletin 18 – Hachette Children’s Offer

IBW Bulletin 19 – Hodder and Headline Offers & Authors

IBW Bulletin 20 – IBW Quiz

IBW Bulletin 21 – IBW Events Update

Quiz for IBW 2014 – Questions

IBW Bulletin 22 – Usborne Offer and Patrick Night in the Cells

IBW Bulletin 23 – Caitlin Moran and Sebastian Faulks Offers from Random House

IBW Bulletin 24 – POS Kit and Indie Authors

IBW Bulletin 25 – Hairy Bikers Recipe, IBW Tshirts and Mark Forsyth

Hairy Bikers Recipe

Hairy Bikers Recipe PrintIBW Bulletin 27 – Bookshop Crawl and Social Media

IBW Bulletin 28 – Social Media Tips, Occasion Posters

IBW Poster Mark Forsyth

IBW Press Release Template for Bookshops

IBW Bulletin 30 – Penguin Puffin BOGOF

Penguin Puffin Independents Week picture book BOGOF June 2014 Trade

Independents Bookseller Week 2014 poster

Independents Bookseller Week BOGOF June 2014

Guardian Guide Book List

We have a full range of POS available to bookshops – distributed to bookshops by Gardners.  It includes posters, bookmarks, shortlist promotional materials, IBW logos, stickers and bellybands.  Email meryl.halls@booksellers.org.uk to receive JPGs of the files.

To take part, first please register with us. Registration for BA Members is free and you’ll receive a free Point-of-Sale kit, access to resources and PR support. To register, email Sharon.

You can download  IBW-Guide-to-Running-Bookshop-Events-and-Publicising-Your-Shop-2013 to organizing events here.

Point of sale kits have been sent to all registered bookshops, dispatched on our behalf by  Gardners.

We also have guides to social media for those new to social media who are keen to get started to help promote their IBW activity – you can download it here:

A Guide to Social Media – BA

We have also updated our Local Press Contacts Lists and these lists are up to date for 2014.

IBW Media List East

IBW Media list -Wales

IBW Media list- South West

IBW Media list- South East

IBW Media list- Scotland

IBW Media list- Nothern Ireland

IBW Media list North West

IBW Media list- North East

IBW Media list- Midlands

IBW Media list- Greater London


Don’t forget to let us know what events you are planning for IBW 2013.  The earlier you let us know, the better able we are to get that information back to publishers, and to post it on the website, and so onto consumers.

Forget-Me-Not Books IBW display 2009

Over the last seven years, many independent booksellers have relished being part of IBW. Below are four inspiring examples of events held, which may give you an idea of the huge variety of fun events possible.

IBW Children’s Storytime event
IBW An Evening with Maureen Duffy
IBW Elmer’s Fancy Dress Tea Party
IBW Book Club Launch Evening

It’s important to tell people about the events you’re doing. IBW is supported by Midas PR, a leading public relations agency, who will be showcasing the work of Independent Booksellers Week through the national press. Please contact Amelia at Midas PR with details of events your organising, so we can aim to include them in any press coverage generated.  Please also let Sharon know about your events, so that we can include them here on the IBW website. You can also contact your local press with details of what you’re planning for IBW.

Above all, IBW is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate independent booksellers. Get involved and enjoy!