The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

UK & Irish Booksellers 

If you are a thinking of opening a bookshop or are currently a bookseller in the UK & Ireland you can apply for full membership of the BA. This is available to any firm or company situated in the UK and the Republic of Ireland which sells new books commercially to customers. There are two categories of corporate membership: retail, where over 75% of total new book sales are made to private customers; and non-retail, where over 75% of total new book sales are made direct to institutions and/or to third parties for resale.

The BA welcomes applications for membership from any bookselling business engaged in the sale of books (whether by retail, internet, library supply, school contracts, mail order, wholesale or any other means).

Membership of the Association applies to the bookselling business as a whole (not the individual outlet, unless they are one and the same). If you have multiple outlets selling books, please declare this on the online application form. Once the business as a whole is approved in membership, the Membership Department will contact head office and request the registration of each individual outlet.

In order to be eligible for full membership you have to meet the following criteria:

  • - You must be operating from a commercially rated premises and be able to provide the BA with some written form of confirmation.

If you are interested in full membership, you can apply online here. If you are interested in finding out more about our membership subscription rates, click here.

Overseas Booksellers and Book trade affiliates 
If you are an overseas bookseller or associated with the book trade, you are eligible for Associate Membership. For the full list of associate membership benefits, please click here, and for an application form, please click here or contact Pippa Halpin.

Existing Members with New Branches

If you are an existing BA member and you wish to register another branch belonging to the same legal entity, email Pippa Halpin with the following new branch details: Bookshop Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, Manager Name, Opening Hours.

Transfer of Ownership

If, at a later date, your business changes ownership, please let us know as we will need to seek certain information from the new owners in order to re-register the business in membership. Please also keep us informed of any change of name, address, telephone or email or website address, or change in business status. For further clarification on this please contact Pippa Halpin.