We have now presented the IBW Book Awards to both our fabulous winners, Ruth Ozeki and RJ Palcio. Ruth Ozeki received her award in July from BA President Patrick Neale and RJ Palacio received her award from IBW Book Award Judge Janet Ellis at Dulwich Books in August. Warm congratulations to the Winners and a huge thanks to the bookshops who hosted the ceremonies!
We are getting lovely feedback from bookshops on their IBW activity. Here’s more evidence of the activity that’s been going on.
Today, 6th July, is the last day of IBW, and the pictures just keep coming in. Here’s a roundup from the last couple of days – and we will post more next week as we get them. Thanks to all the fabulous indie booksellers of the UK & Ireland for all their creative energy this week! It has been fab-u-lous!
Yet more photos of fabulous bookshop events.
A good bit of press coverage (listed below the photos) much generated by the IBW Debate last night. And MORE photos…!
Ruth Ozeki ‘Think Piece’ in The Bookseller – this one is worth a special look
Guardian – written by Felicity Rubinstein, owner of Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop
Fiction Uncovered Radio Station in Foyles for 4th and 5th July – podcasts available shortly; live broadcasts 4th and 5th, inc indie bookseller panel
General Blogs and online mentions
The IBW Debate last night at the South Bank Centre was a great success. Speakers included Lindsay Mackie of the New Economics Foundation, Anne Sebba, Chair of the Society of Authors, author Kate Mosse, literary agent Gordon Wise and bookseller Nic Bottomley. Chaired by Head of Literature at the South Bank, James Runcie, the debate ranged across bookshop issues, and before drinks in the lovely Foyles Bookshop on the Festival Riverside, it culminated in a performance by the charming Bookshop Band and the declamation of a new Bookshop Manifesto by Nic Bottomley. We think is fab, so here it is:
1) Do one thing differently every week
2) Tell everyone what you’re doing. Tell customers what’s happening at your shop; tell publishers which of their books you’re selling hard; tell the press anything remotely interesting. It will come back to help you.
3) Never pay for advertising
4) Copy good ideas from other geographically distant independent businesses
5) Inspire 10 book-lovers every day; convert 1 book-agnostic every day
6) Surround yourself with creative booksellers who love books as much as you and can wax on about them even better than you
7) Use social media
8) Use the time you were going to spend bitching about Amazon to work out, realistically, what your business needs from publishers. Tell the publishers
9) Create a community. Hold events and book groups that are so good people will attend even if they’ve never heard of the author and that afterwards they’ll rave about to everyone they know
10) Don’t give excellent customer service. Give extreme customer service – so that you become part of the fabric of your customers’ lives. They will do your advertising for you
11) Sell e-readers now if you love them as much as physical books. If not, wait until the margins are plausible before you think about it and in the meantime carry on selling books
12) Don’t buy stock from Amazon
13) Be surprisingly cut-throat and financially driven when no-one is looking; Aim not to survive, but to thrive
www.mrbsemporium.com, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath
More pictures – plus some online activity below the photos
Guardian Anne Patchett
Katrina and the Waves – Quote
‘Buying books online maybe a quick fix but will never replace the knowledge and enthusiasm of your independent bookseller and the fact that you can hold a book in your hand and look through it. I love taking my nieces to bookshops where they will happily spend an afternoon choosing books. It would be so sad if they were unable to do the same with their children. It’s a matter of fact that if we don’t use bookshops we will lose them.’ Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & The Waves)
I think this year has given us the widest range of bookshop events and photos ever! Well done to all you hardworking and innovative bookshops! #IBW2013 trended on Twitter yesterday and is abuzz again today with bookshop happenings and happiness!
Amazing and wonderful array of bookshop events have been taking place already this week. And it’s only Wednesday!