The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Welcome to Batch!

Batch is the BA’s online payment system that saves booksellers time and money – and it’s FREE to BA members. Register today to start enjoying the benefits.

Batch Payments

Batch Payments
See all your invoices, credit and delivery notes from publishers and distributors 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. If you need paper copies, simply print them out. You can also make claims online giving you – and your suppliers – a permanent  record of all requests. All your invoices can be paid in a single monthly transaction, cutting admin costs and time wasted on  the phone. Batch can provide free EDI feeds for integration into stock control systems and other accounts packages.

We pay the vast majority of our invoices via Batch, and I’ve introduced the approach of having my team check and authorise invoices for Batch payment at the time of receiving the goods, so that the whole process is completed in one hit and there is no major month end payment process to go through." Mel Griffin, Griffin Books, Penarth
Batch Returns
Batch Returns
Batch Returns is an easy-to-use web interface that takes the strain out of the returns process. Instead of waiting for a publisher’s rep to authorise returns, simply send a list electronically from the Batch Returns website and get an answer within hours. Then print out bar-coded labels and a picking list. The returns messages, just like everything that Batch does, can be provided in different electronic formats. The service is FREE to BA members.

"We’ve used the Batch payments scheme and Batch returns for a good number of years. Batch makes it easier and more efficient to clarify which invoices and credit note are relevant to which supplier in any given month and helps to reduce bank charges." Claire Grint, Cogito Books, Hexham

“Batch Returns is now the de facto system for submitting returns in the UK book trade.”  Matthew Hogg, Commercial Director, Macmillan Distribution (MDL)
Batch Data

Data Services
Batch provides a reliable, cost-effective service to translate data from any format into the format required by your suppliers. Our software can translate a single format to multiple formats and deliver to multiple recipients automatically. Contact us for details.
 Batch Integration Software (BIS)
 BIS is a program that allows invoices and credit notes to be downloaded from your Batch account to a PC. The transactions are then  imported into Sage Line 50 Accounts or Instant Accounts and each transaction is applied to the appropriate supplier record in the  purchase ledger. (Charges apply.)

XERO quickbooks
Linking to Xero and QuickBooks
The average bookseller is manually entering something in excess of 200 invoices each month, a task that takes you away from the shop floor. Manually entering data can also introduce errors, which take time to sort out later. Linking Batch Payments to Xero or QuickBooks gives booksellers more time to focus on the important business of selling books. Contact us to find out more.
BatchLine POS
BatchLine is the new name for the much-loved Bertline system, which was acquired for BA members by Batch at the demise of Bertrams. Bertline has long been the first choice for booksellers in the UK, and Batch is working hard to improve the service even further by – for example – offering the Gardners price and availability function. (Charges apply.)
batch videos
Training videos
Visit our YouTube Channel 'Batch For Booksellers' to watch short videos of how Batch works. Go to to discover more about all of our services, or register using the 'Contact Us' form.
To see short demonstrations of how Batch works and to register for our free services, visit

Contacts for all Batch services:
Fraser Tanner, Managing Director
Jonathan King, Head of Sales
Roshni Sedani, Administration Manager
Eileen Kelly, Administration Manager (US)
Simon Parker, Business Development Manager
Abu-Sufian Shohid, Assistant Business Analyst
Janet Ravenscroft, Sales and Marketing
Martin Beach, BatchLine POS Support
Linda Bowles, Administrative Assistant
Paul James, Administrative Assistant