Fri, 18/07/2014 - 15:00
Publishers and booksellers have backed the first ever trade-wide acknowledgement of Super Thursday as a national book event.
The Books Are My Bag campaign, supported by the trade and co-ordinated by the Booksellers Association (BA), is launching for its second year on Super Thursday, which this autumn falls on 9th October. The BAMB...
Thu, 26/06/2014 - 08:30
American author James Patterson has pledged to donate £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.
The author’s gift comes two days before the start of Independent Bookseller’s Week (28th June-5th July) and follows his...
Fri, 20/06/2014 - 09:20
Author and comedian David Mitchell will open this year’s Booksellers Association Conference.
The 2014 conference, held over 21st-22nd September at The University of Warwick, will focus on “the renaissance of bookselling”, reflecting the recent increased optimism in bookshops, despite the tough trading conditions....
Thu, 19/06/2014 - 14:40
The Books Are My Bag Campaign has received an “overwhelming” response in just seven days from publishers, writers and booksellers to its appeal to put an author in every bookshop.
Jo James was revealed as the new BAMB coordinator last week (13th June) and since then she has received over 100 responses from individuals and...
Fri, 13/06/2014 - 09:55
An author will be in every bookshop in the UK for the launch of this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign, its organisers have revealed.
Jo James, formerly Waterstones’ and Ottakar’s events manager, has been appointed as the new BAMB campaign co-ordinator. She has set the ambitious target of authors and publishers...
Thu, 15/05/2014 - 15:14
Bookshops are being encouraged to redisplay "We Pay Our Taxes" posters following the recent disclosure of how much corporation tax Amazon still pays in the UK.
The point-of-sale postcards, flyers and posters were first produced by the Booksellers Association in...
Fri, 02/05/2014 - 09:40
The Booksellers Association has urged the justice secretary to rethink the prison book ban policy.
BA chief executive Tim Godfray has written to justice secretary Chris Grayling arguing that reading books in prisons could reduce re-offending. He also made a case for encouraging reading in prisons to be part of future prison strategy...
Tue, 08/04/2014 - 11:00
Tracey Emin is to design a Collector’s Edition bag for the second Books Are My Bag campaign.
The artist said she wanted to design a bag especially for the campaign because “it upsets me there aren’t enough bookshops” on the high street.
The second wave of the campaign will launch on Thursday 9th...
Tue, 25/03/2014 - 12:05
There is big pressure to deliver a high-quality course in a competitive marketplace both in the UK and around the world—especially now the UK is charging up to £9,000 a year to attend university.
This means getting good students in and keeping them happy. There is more emphasis on the student experience as the reputation...
Thu, 13/03/2014 - 10:00
Direct-selling to institutions by publishers proved a thorny issue at the Bookseller Association's Academic, Professional and Specialist conference in Brighton yesterday (12th March).
Giving a welcoming address at the event at the Old Ship Hotel, Dan Johns [pictured], the chairman of the BA's academic group, warned he would...