The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Whether you are contemplating working in a bookshop, planning to open your own bookshop, or are in the process of buying an existing business, listed below are the key organisations you should know about, as well as links to a range of useful resources.

Book Industry News & Publications

-The Bookseller
Bookselling Essentials

Our newsletter Bookselling Essentials and Annual Report together with our member benefits booklet Getting The Most From Your BA Membership, and our BA Learning overview give a good overview and insight to the BA services and those provided through our sister companies National Book Tokens and Batch.

The weekly trade magazine, The Bookseller, is where you will find all the latest industry news.

Bookshops for sale are often advertised in the local press, in The Bookseller and sometimes notified to the BA to communicate to prospective enquirers – email to check.

Bookshop Marketing & Social Media
National Book Tokens
Find Your Local Bookshop
Independent Bookshop Week
Christmas Books
Summer Books
Bookshop Day & BAMB Readers Awards
Indie Book of the Month
Irish Book Week
World Book Day
Embargoed Titles
Social Media for Bookshops
- Booktime Magazine

Keep in touch with us online:

The Booksellers Association

Bookselling Ireland
- Instagram
Facebook (closed group for Bookselling Ireland members)

Books Are My Bag

The Booksellers Network
Facebook (closed group for BA members)

Don’t forget to find out about using social media as part of your marketing to promote your business and connect with potential and existing customers. The BA can give members a free workshop to help you get set up on Twitter and Facebook, as well as providing a free social media guide

Campaigns such as Bookshop Day, the Books Are My Bag Readers AwardsIndependent Bookshop Week, Indie Book Awards, Irish Book Week and Indie Book of the Month, and services such as Caboodle are all provided by the BA to help members promote their business.

Bookshop Supply Chain & Equipment

Batch Payments and Returns
Book Industry Communication
BA Retail Directory

Stock management and websites 

- BatchLine POS
E-commerce Solutions

BA Jobs Board
- The Bookseller
Guardian Jobs
Working, jobs and pensions

Work Experience: one-day work placements in bookshops for those looking to open their own bookselling businesses: contact Kate Gunning for details.
If you’re looking to gain some initial work experience, or would like to update your bookselling skills to re-enter the market, check out the job section in the local/national/trade press and also

Training & Networking
BA Skills Hub
- BA Conferences
BA Bookshop Socials
BA Special Interest Groups
- BA Welcome How to Start and Run a Bookshop
Transfer of Ownership - Top Tips for Buying an Existing Bookshop
- BA’s Guide to Creating a Community Bookshop
- BA Welcome Introduction to Bookselling Course
London Book Fair Bookseller Seminars
The York Antiquarian Book Seminar
Our publication How to Start and Run a Bookshop is essential reading for all aspiring booksellers, existing and new bookshop managers, staff, and owners.

Contact Kate Gunning to register your interest for future dates for the BA’s Introduction to Bookselling course which runs once or twice a year.

Publisher Contacts

Publishers Publicity Circle and the Publishers Publicity Circle Directory
Harper Collins' Indie Thinking
Penguin Random House's All About Indies newsletter

Trade Organisations
European & International Booksellers Federation
The Publishers Association
The Independent Publishers Guild
The Book Marketing Society
Publishing Ireland
Publishing Scotland
Society of Authors
The Reading Agency
Reading Groups
Industry organisations such as The PA, IPG and The Society of Authors provide much valuable information for new booksellers.

Financial & Commercial Business Resources

GOV.UK Advice for Starting a Business (regulations, writing a business plan, registering with Companies House, registering with HMRC, finding an accountant, starting a social enterprise, etc)
British Chambers of Commerce
Write A Business Plan
Businesses & Self-Employed
RICS Small Business Property Guide

Funding and Grants

GOV.UK Advice on Funding for New and Existing Businesses
- GOV.UK Guidance on Government Grants
Business Finance & Support Finder
UK Business Angels Association
British Venture Capital Association
- UK Rural Development Grants
- GOV.SCOT Supporting Business Finance 
- Business Wales: Starting Up and Business Planning
- Northern Ireland: Support for Business

For Irish Booksellers:
Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is a network of 31 offices throughout Ireland and is usually the first place to go if you need support starting or growing a business in Ireland

If you have any questions, or would like further information on how our membership products and services can help to make a difference to your business, please contact Pippa Halpin.

NB: If you’re already trading, or opening soon, you can apply for BA membership now online.