About Us

The Bookseller has been the business magazine of the book industry since 1858; incorporating the even earlier Bent's Literary Advertiser, established in 1802. It is one of the UK’s longest-standing magazines. We've reported on every significant book trade event, from the launch of George Eliot's Mill on the Floss in 1860 to Allen Lane’s launch of the paperback to the demise of the Net Book Agreement in 1995 and today’s Amazon-led competitive struggles. We're based in London and privately owned.

Each week, The Bookseller magazine is the incisive and independent source of business intelligence and analysis for the book trade. We produce the Official Top 50 chart and preview all key forthcoming books three months before publication. For publishers, retailers, agents, libraries, national media and festivals, we are the trusted primary source for everything that's happening in the industry. For years, The Bookseller’s author interviews have profiled many top authors – or those destined to become so, including the then-unknown J K Rowling in 1997.

Online, thebookseller.com is the book trade’s most visited UK site with over 200,000 unique monthly users. With the largest book trade-focused editorial team in the UK, our website is the place to go for the latest, breaking news, in-depth features and more. On Twitter, @thebookseller has more than 150,000 followers.

Our jobs site is where the book trade advertises its vacancies and where those in the trade, or wanting to enter it, look for their next role.

FutureBook is The Bookseller’s dynamic brand for the emergent, disruptive parts of the publishing business. FutureBook runs Europe’s largest, most significant, conference in London each winter. Run alongside the conference are The FutureBook Awards, which reward and recognise the very best work and people operating in the digital part of the book trade.

This is backed up throughout the year online and with our FutureBook weekly email.

In 2014, FutureBook ran the UK’s first dedicated book publishing Hackathon with designers and developers coming together with top publishing houses to imagine new, digital, ways of approaching the reading public.

The Bookseller Events

Conferences

The Bookseller’s conferences set the standard for helping the book trade work through what is working – and what isn’t – in today’s complex publishing market. The FutureBook Conference is run annually in winter. We also produce Marketing & Publicity - the only dedicated conference for all those dealing with the new challenges in publishing, such as customer insight and marketing direct to the end consumer. The Children's Books Conference, in September, is a key annual date for those in the vibrant children’s publishing sector, covering both physical books and the new opportunities for exploiting intellectual property in apps, TV and licensing.

The British Book Industry Awards

We run the leading pan-industry awards and the main arbiter of book trade success - including categories such as Publisher of the Year, Independent Bookshop of the Year and Literary Agent of the Year. Winning a British Book Industry Award is the ultimate accolade in the publishing and bookselling business. An enhanced Books of the Year programme was introduced in 2016. This aims to reward the outstanding books of the year, both for what's inside their covers and for every part of the publishing process from author's talent to editing to PR campaigns.

The awards ceremony takes place in a prestigious venue in London's Park Lane in May and is a huge occasion when the book trade comes together to celebrate its creativity and achievement. The awards are a progression of The Bookseller Industry Awards, which were in turn formed by the merger of the British Book Industry Awards, or “Trade Nibbies”, and The Bookseller Retail Awards. 

The YA Book Prize

In 2014, The Bookseller published an article about the wide number of children’s book prizes in the UK. But something soon became very clear; there was no prize for British and Irish YA authors. We decided to fill the gap in the market with The Bookseller YA Book Prize. We are looking for the best YA fiction books for Teenagers and Young Adults published from authors in the UK and Ireland, from dystopian and sci-fi literature to comedy, horror or drama.

The inaugural winner of the YA Book Prize 2015 was Louise O'Neill's feminist dystopia, Only Ever Yours (Quercus). The YA Book Prize 2016 went to Sarah Crossan's free verse novel about conjoined twins, One (Bloomsbury Children's Books).