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.  New resources for IBW 2014 will be added all the time, including information on press coverage and media contacts – scroll down to see the PR contacts lists, Press Release Template and 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

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

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.  You can download a local press release template IBW-2013-Toolkit-template-release-final

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

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

Twitter – IBF Practical Guide to Twitter

IBF Practical Guide to Facebook

We have also updated our Local Press Contacts Lists and these lists are up to date for 2013.

PR Contacts List – East

PR Contacts List – Greater London

PR Contacts List – Midlands

PR Contacst List – North East

PR Contacts List – North West

PR Contacts List – Northern Ireland

PR Contacts List – Scotland

PR Contacts List – South East

PR Contacts List – South West

PR Contacts List – Wales

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!