Exclusive editions and offers for IBW

Exclusive editions and offers for IBW

Independent booksellers will be able to mark themselves out from the competition with signed editions, special collectible titles and heavily discounted books during Independent Booksellers Week (28th June–5th July).

Publishers Hodder, Headline, Hachette and Orion are all offering indies top-selling titles to retail for just £2.99, including Artemis Cooper’s Patrick Leigh Fermor, Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon and Alan Bradley’s backlist titles. Orion is also offering exclusive signed first editions of Her by Harriet Lane and Curious by Rebecca Front, along with Collectors Library editions of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld titles at £5—the normal r.r.p. is £9.99.

HarperCollins has produced new editions of works by George MacDonald Fraser, Michael Bond and Agatha Christie for indies to sell for an exclusive period during the week. Meanwhile, Campbell Books (Macmillan) will let indies to sell its Busy Bookshop from June to September; the pop-up book enables children to open and close shop.

Ben Gutcher, sales director at John Murray Press, said: “Independent Booksellers Week is a great opportunity to showcase the brilliance of our independent booksellers. They are a place where people will discover magical books and I love being able to support them.”

A 24-page, full-colour illustrated “guide to the best children’s books” is also being published in a partnership between the Booksellers Association, the Publishers Association and the Guardian. The booklet will contain a pull-out list of 100 indie booksellers arranged by region, along with an overview of the children’s books shortlisted for the IBW Book Awards as well as The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Goldsboro Books will be offering a prize draw for customers to get their hands on signed copies of J K Rowling’s next Robert Galbraith novel Silkworm. Meanwhile indies can sell Faber’s Poetry Diary 2015, a perennial favourite, exclusively during IBW week.

Will Atkinson, sales and marketing director of Faber, said: “Independent bookshops do brilliant work day in, day out, bringing books to readers through their enthusiasm and expertise. IBW is an opportunity to celebrate and draw attention to this marvelous work and it is natural for all publishers to support this—especially independent publishers like ourselves.”

Ebury Press has created an exclusive edition of How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran for indies to sell, which will include additional material written by the author. The front of the books will flag up the fact that it is an IBW exclusive; the title has a £14.99 r.r.p.

Walker Books will be running the annual Find Wally Hunt, which sees booksellers join with other local retailers to arrange a hunt for Wally.