Any time is a good time to visit your local bookshop but this
week is particularly good as the Booksellers Association campaign
#onlyonthehighstreet kicks off from Monday 3 October celebrating
our high street bookshops.
It's part of the BOOKS ARE MY BAG (BAMB)
nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration
between publishers, bookshops and authors is the biggest ever
promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond
images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the
discovery of a new author. And in fact 56% of all book buying
decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop, but we must continue
to celebrate - and shop in! - our high street bookshops so they are
not under threat.
Why Buy Books in Your Local Bookshop?
- You love books
- You may be about to make a purchase you'll value for the rest
of your life
- You'll be shopping on your local high street
- You'll be helping create local jobs
- You might just find a book you never knew existed
- You'll find great gifts for friends and family
- You can talk to real people about books they know and love
- You'll be part of your local book-loving community
These are just some of the elements that add up to the real
The Books Are My Bag Readers Award
BAMB 2016 officially launches on Thursday 6 October when the
first-ever Books Are My Bag Readers Awards shortlist will also be
announced! Created by bookshops, chosen by book-lovers, the Books
Are My Bag Readers Awards are a unique new set of awards. They are
the only Book Awards with shortlists curated by High Street
booksellers. And the only awards voted for by their book-loving
customers. Five shortlists have been chosen by booksellers:
- Biography & Autobiography
- Children's and
- Breakthrough Author.
The fact that these shortlists have been chosen exclusively by
booksellers means that they occupy a unique place among awards.
See the BAMB website for more information.