We are delighted to bring  you information about the Bookshop Map, which we have just launched to booksellers at the London Book Fair, and it got a great reaction from booksellers there  – you can see it here  – www.thebookshopmap.co.uk

Designed to make organizing bookshop events more efficient and easier, The Bookshop Map is a business-to-business website, and a partnership between the BA and the Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC); its basic premise is to present a map of the UK and Ireland where all participating bookshops are displayed, and where their events history is available to view.

Each bookshop has a pin on the map and when you hover over the pin, the bookshops events details will be visible to publicists.  It’s your opportunity to place all your events materials in one place, where publicists will see them and where they can find, at a glance, your track record, your local press coverage, your local amenities and directions, photos and testimonials from authors and publishers.  In fact, the publicists will see what you choose to showcase and you will be able to start a dialogue with them about planning your next set of author events.

As an IBW bookshop, you are automatically featured on the map.   However, the bookshop information is empty until booksellers update their own information.  So now we need you to put up your details so that publishers can see your events portfolio.

It’s easy to use and easy to navigate – you set yourself up on the site, and then you upload as many individual events as you like, complete with extra information such as links to local press coverage and photos –  and you also have the opportunity to choose one ‘showcase’ event which will appear first.

All you need to do is visit the site, login in (same as your BA login; if you can’t remember it, let us know and we can tell you!) and then complete the different sections.  We recommend that you set aside probably about an hour for the initial upload, and if you need any help with the set up, you can call Kara Rennie at the BA and she can help talk you through it – or you can email her kara.rennie@booksellers.org.uk

We hope you can see the benefits of this new BA service, and really look forward to working with you to create a great new resource for bookshops and publishers.

We have news today from Piccadilly Press who are publishing a beautiful limited edition (1,000 copies) signed hardback of COUNTING BY 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan exclusively for IBW.

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world.. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
Please order by emailing books@piccadillypress.co.uk (please use the subject line ‘IBW’) or via your local rep.

ISBN: 9781848124165 – RRP:£10.99

“complicated, offbeat, and very touching – just like Willow herself” Entertainment Weekly

“…extraordinary and even inspirational” Publisher’s Weekly review

“Bright and heartfelt […] an uplifting story.” Kirkus Reviews

We are delighted to announce that HarperCollins is producing new, collectible editions of much-loved works by three bestselling authors – George MacDonald Fraser, Michael Bond and Agatha Christie – exclusively available for independent booksellers.








It’s particularly exciting that the 500 cloth facsimile editions of Flashman will have signed bookplates!  The Hercule Poirot includes an exclusive introduction and illustrations by Tom Adams, who has painted the jacket featuring Greenway in Devon, beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie.  The Paddington treasury features eleven of the original Paddington stories, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, and publishes in advance of the new Paddington film, due for release this November.

Below is all the information about the titles, including the exclusive period for IBW bookshops, and to order the titles, either contact your local HarperCollins rep, or email helena.sheffield@harpercollins.co.uk

9780007584444 Flashman [Facsimile edition; Independent Bookshops only] George MacDonald Fraser £14.99 5th June – 31st July
9780007584468 Flashman [Clothbound facsimile edition with signed bookplate]; Independent Bookshops only] George MacDonald Fraser £30 5th June – 31st July
9780007546398 Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly [Independent Bookshops only] Agatha Christie £12.99 19th June – 31st July
9780007562077 The Classic Adventures of Paddington [Slipcase edition] Michael Bond £35 5th June – 3rd July


We are really delighted to announce offers from Orion Publishers for IBW this year.  Order forms and further details on all these offers are below.


  • Exclusive signed first editions of ‘Her’ by Harriet Lane – (order form Orion Signed books pdf)
  • Exclusive signed first editions of ‘Curious’ by Rebecca Front – (order form here)
  • Alan Bradley backlist paperbacks priced exclusively at £2.99 – (order formhere)
  • Seven titles from the Terry Pratchett  Discworld series ‘Collectors Library’ at £5 (normal rrp £9.99) – (order formhere)
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon exclusively priced at £9.99 (rrp £12.99) – (order form Orion The Word Exchange)
  • The Storms of War by Kate Williams – Early exclusive release of copies to Independent bookshops week commencing 23/6/14 (Official pub date 3/7/14)  The first novel in esteemed TV historian Kate Williams’s ground-breaking new series which opens in 1914. For fans of ATONEMENT, BIRDSONG and DOWNTON ABBEY.  (order form here)


  • Children’s ‘First in Series’ paperbacks priced exclusively at £2.99 –  (order from here)
  • The Horrid Henry costume exclusively available free for IBW – Limited availability, so please send all pitches to maggy.park@orionbooks.co.uk

Orders should be sent to Maggy.park@orionbooks.co.uk

Orders will be delivered week commencing 23rd June in time for the start of IBW.

We are pleased to bring you news this time from Bloomsbury Children’s Books, who have four authors available to bookshops for IBW this year.  To arrange visits by any of these authors/illustrators to your shop, please email Emma Bradshaw at Bloomsbury emma.bradshaw@bloomsbury.com

  • Florentine and Pig and the Spooky Forest Adventure by Eva Katzler (West London) 

Eva is available for art and crafts events for children aged 4 – 7 years either in-store or in schools.

  • Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (East London)

Yasmeen is available for art and crafts events for children aged 4 – 7 years in-store.

  • Spacejackers by Huw Powell (Bristol)

Huw is available for schools events for children aged 8 – 11 years. A brilliant fun event from a debut children’s author full of space facts and pirate quizzes

  • Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (Eastbourne)

Jenny is available for events in girls’ schools with groups of up to 250 pupils aged 11 – 18. Jenny’s debut book is perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and Holly Smale.

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the IBW Book Award, which this year includes three categories – Adult, Children’s Fiction and, new for 2014, Children’s Picture Book.  The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in the children’s categories will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising of authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers.  The winners will be announced on 28 June 2014, the first day of IBW.  The shortlisted titles for 2014 are:



Title Author Publisher
The Examined Life Stephen Grosz Vintage
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Black Swan
Longbourn Jo Baker Black Swan
Return of a King William Dalrymple Bloomsbury
The Broken Road Patrick Leigh Fermor John Murray
Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida Sceptre
Love Nina Nina Stibbe Penguin
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Little, Brown
The Quarry Iain Banks Abacus
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman Headline








Noble Conflict Malorie Blackman Random House
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Stephan Pastis Walker Books
Flora & Ulysses Kate Di Camillo Walker Books
More Than This Patrick Ness Walker Books
A Boy Called Hope Lara Williamson Usborne
Picture Me Gone Meg Rosoff Penguin
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star Jill Murphy Puffin
Half Bad Sally Green Penguin
Warp Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin Eoin Colfer Puffin
Fortunately the Milk Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon Jonny Duddle Templar
Hero Sarah Lean HarperCollins Children’s Books




Title Author Publisher
Sugarlump and the Unicorn Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks Macmillan Children’s Books
Aunt Amelia Rebecca Cobb Macmillan Children’s Books
The Paper Dolls Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb Macmillan Children’s Books
Mr Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown Macmillan Children’s Books
The Pigeon Needs a Bath Mo Williams Walker Books
A First Book of Nature Nicola Davies & Mark Hearld Walker Books
Hooray for Bread Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman Walker Books
Extra Yarn Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen Walker Books
Crayon Simon Rickerty Simon and Schuster Children’s Books
Meet the Parents Peter Bently & Sara Ogilvie Simon and Schuster Children’s Books
Happy Birthday Hugless Douglas David Melling Hodder
Best-loved Classics: Alice Through the Looking Glass Retold by Emma Chichester Clark HarperCollins Children’s Books


This year’s judges for the Adult Category are Sheila O’Reilly, Dulwich Books; Lisa Bywater, Foyles; Eithne Farry, book reviewer, Daily Mail and Sunday Express; and Rachel Joyce, author.  Both Children’s Categories will be judged by Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc, Lytham St Annes; Jenny Morris, ex-Lion and Unicorn bookshop; Brough Girling, Founder, Readathon; and Elen Caldecott, author.  The judging panels will be chaired by BA President Patrick Neale.

Commenting on her shortlist nomination, Malorie Blackman said:  I’m so thrilled that Noble Conflict has been shortlisted for the IBW Children’s Book of the Year Award.  Independent bookshops play a crucial role in our communities, able as they are to more readily stock and recommend books of local appeal.  They also provide an invaluable platform for debut authors.  I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of independent bookshops nationwide and I’ve always found them welcoming, innovative and with booksellers who display an impressive knowledge of their stock and who care passionately about literature.

 Commenting on his shortlist nomination, author Stephen Grosz, said: “Independent booksellers really know and love books, for this reason I am honoured that they have voted to shortlist The Examined Life for the IBW Book Award. This award is particularly important to me because independent bookshops have been essential in bringing my book to the attention of readers, right from the start. Each time I walk past my local bookshop and see the wonderful window display that they have put together for The Examined Life, or when a friend sends me a photograph of the display in their local bookshop, I am grateful for these vibrant and unique spaces that mean so much to our communities. I’m completely delighted.”


We are truly delighted to announce that, for the third year running, a key part of Independent Booksellers Week will be the Find Wally Hunt from Walker Books.

The Find Wally Hunt has been a foundation stone of IBW bookshops for the last two years, and allows bookshops to engage with their local retail community, to put on an interactive ‘authorless’ event, to appeal to both adults and children and to create fun in and around the bookshop.

Once again Walker Books will be providing to bookshops Wally standees, window stickers, ‘I found Wally’ cards and – new for this year – an adorable standee of Woof, Wally’s dog.  In addition, you will receive a template press release and lots of photocopiable resources – as well as the chance for your customer to win lots of goodies in Find Wally competitions.

Don’t miss out on this great chance to make a splash this IBW -  register for the Find Wally Hunt by emailing  jo.humphreys-davies@walker.co.uk, tel 0207 2396 2466.  You can download the information flyer here - Find Wally Brochure.

And don’t forget to start planning your IBW events and activities – and to let us know all about your plans – email Sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk


We are delighted to open submissions from publishers for the IBW Book Award 2014.

 This year, along with the previous Adult and Children’s Fiction categories, a third category has been added: Children’s Picture Book.  We are also thrilled to reveal a refreshed logo for IBW 2014, which features the striking orange colour from the Books are my Bag campaign.

 Entries can be submitted until the deadline of 28th February, with the shortlists announced at the end of May. The winners will be announced on 28th June, the first day of IBW 2014 which this year runs from 28th June – 5th July 2014.

Publishers are invited to submit titles that they would like to see championed by independent booksellers during IBW. There is no fee for entering or a limit on the number of books a publisher can submit, however the we do emphasise that publishers should enter books they feel will truly appeal to the independent sector.  To qualify for the prize, nominated titles must be available in paperback on 28th June 2014 and have been published in paperback between 1st January 2014 and 28thJune 2014. Submission forms can be downloaded here IBW Book Award Publisher Submission Form FINAL 23rd Dec

The judging process remains the same as last year.  A longlist will be drawn up from which independent booksellers will choose a shortlist of 12 titles in the both of the children’s categories and 10 titles in the adult category. Two judging panels comprised of authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers, chaired by BA President Patrick Neale, will then meet to determine the winners of each category, which will be announced on 28th June.

Patrick Neale, BA President and Jaffe & Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton commented:

“The IBW Book Award is a fabulous prize. Authors respond so well to being chosen because they know people who are passionate about books have selected them. I am so pleased to be involved as Chair of the prize. There is such positivity around the prize which is so heartening for all High Street booksellers.”

The IBW Book Award 2014 will again be at the heart of the Week’s trade and consumer promotional activities. Shortlisted titles will be heavily promoted to and by all participating bookshops in the UK and Ireland during IBW and beyond.  Shortlisted authors will have the opportunity to participate in bookshop events as part of IBW, and shortlisted titles will be promoted as a group to booksellers via high quality POS materials including posters, bookmarks and leaflets featuring the shortlist and winning booksThe IBW and BA websites will carry full information about the shortlisted titles.

2013 winners were A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki in the adult category, which went on to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Wonder by RJ Palacio in the children’s category.

For further information about terms and conditions, and an application form please contact Sharon Benton at the BA onSharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk

Independent Booksellers Week 2014 will take place from 28th June to 5th July.

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!

Patrick Neale and Ruth Ozeki at Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton

Sheila O’Reilly, RJ Palacio and Janet Ellis at Dulwich Books