The BA has announced that this year's flagship book trade conference is moving out of London to Warwick. The event is reverting to a more purist, bookseller-first feel, with the BA delivering a conference designed primarily for retailers, with publishers attending to meet and sell to retailers.
The other major change is that the conference is moving from its traditional spring date to September, taking over the existing Independent Booksellers' Forum slot.
The new-style conference is designed to offer a more focused, business-specific approach for retailers by combining the best elements of IBF with exclusive research findings and debate.
BA chief executive Tim Godfray said: "Bookselling in 2012 will be as challenging as ever, and bookselling and the issues that booksellers face will be at the heart of the 2012 BA Conference. It is more important than ever that we bring together the largest possible gathering of our members with publishers and others from the industry who all have an interest in a healthy and successful bookselling sector. The 2012 BA Conference will be strongly interactive, with booksellers talking to their peers as well as to their publisher colleagues and others in the industry. We intend to tackle the big bookselling issues head-on and also to bring in practical, expert advice that delegates can apply to their own businesses."
The conference will begin with a dinner on Sunday 16th September, after the Gardners trade show for independent retailers, followed by the conference itself and the president's party on Monday 17th. The Bookseller is the event's official media partner.
Nigel Roby, managing director of The Bookseller Group, said: "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the BA to help them deliver a first-rate conference. This is a key event for the trade and we are committed to its success."
For much of its century-long existence the BA Conference has been a moveable feast, with venues in the past decade including Glasgow, Brighton, Harrogate, Cambridge and Bournemouth, as well as London.
The Bookseller Industry Awards, produced in association with the BA, and which have run concurrently with the conference for the past two years, will run on 14th May in central London.
Full details of this event, categories and entry criteria and procedure will appear in The Bookseller on 20th January, while entries will close on 2nd March.