The regional shortlists for independent bookshop category at The Bookseller Industry Awards 2013 show more than 30 bookshops competing for the chance to be named the UK’s best independent. The award, sponsored by wholesaler Gardners, seeks to highlight the best of bookselling and comes with a cash prize of £5,000.
Roy Jones, UK field sales manager at Gardners, said: “We are very pleased with the high standard of entry and I think the one common line in all the entries, even in these hard times, is that there are still very committed booksellers out there.”
The regional winners will be announced in The Bookseller on 15th March, with those winners going forward for the overall prize of Independent Bookseller of the Year.
Previous award winners include The Mainstreet Trading Company, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights and One Tree Books.
Gardners is again offering a £5,000 cash prize to the winner of the award, which is to be announced at the ceremony held at the Hilton Park Lane on 13th May. The prize money is to be spent on marketing and promoting the winning bookshop.
External judges for the retail side of the awards this year are Alistair Burtenshaw, director, Publishing Connections; Ottakar’s founder James Heneage; author Adele Parks; retail journalist James Hall; and Julia Kingsford, chief executive of World Book Night.
Table bookings for the ceremony opened this week.
MIDLANDS & WALES
Booka Bookshop; Rossiter Books; The Bookshop Kibworth; Ystwyth Books; Octavia’s Bookshop
Chapter One; Chorleywood Bookshop; The Hungerford Bookshop; The Woodstock Bookshop
The Epping Bookshop; Dulwich Books; Goldsboro Books; Bibliophile Ltd; Watermark Books; West End Lane Books
Falmouth Bookseller; Sarum College Bookshop; St Ives Bookseller; The Book Shop Liskeard; The Torbay Bookshop; Winstones
Cogito Books; Linghams Bookshop; Pam’s Bookend; SilverDell; Simply Books; Storytellers, Inc; The Book Case; The Bookcase; White Rose Bookcafe
SCOTLAND/ ISLE OF MAN
The Bookmark; The Edinburgh Bookshop; Atkinson-Pryce Books; Bridge Bookshop
Bridge Street Books; O’Mahony’s Booksellers; Stone House Books; The Gutter Bookshop