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23 June 2021

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Publishing Scotland and the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In addition to hundreds of author events, it runs two independent bookshops during the Festival: one for adults and one for children.

Publishing Scotland has been closely involved with the Festival from its inception in 1983 (even sharing office space for a few years) and we and our members take part in three ways:

  1. We offer our publisher members shelf space in the Festival Bookshops
  2. We organise an event for the Festival's main programme
  3. We host a reception for members at the Festival.


Shelf space and bookshops

The footfall at EIBF is large so this is an excellent opportunity to display and sell titles to a book-loving audience. Publishing Scotland negotiates discounted rates for sales space in the bookshops and passes them on to our members. We also organise the member bookings and liaise with the Bookshops Manager on the layout of our area. During the Festival we make daily visits to the bookshops to help the booksellers ensure that the display is stocked and tidy. It's also a great opportunity to meet our publishers and their authors and readers as Charlotte Square is the centre of the book world at that time of year.


Publishing Scotland's event in the EIBF programme

Every year Publishing Scotland is proud to host an event in the official Festival programme. In deciding on a topic and speakers, we consider current issues and trends in publishing and are informed by our members and those we work with. We then pitch it to the Festival's programme director.  In previous years we have hosted events on 'How to get published' and the 'Future of publishing'. The 2012 event was Judging a Book by its Cover with jacket designers Jamie Keenan and Jon Gray.


Summer reception at the EIBF

As EIBF is undoubtedly a highlight of the publishing year, Publishing Scotland holds an annual reception there for members and other guests. Sometimes the event is jointly hosted with another related organisation, as in 2012 when the joint hosts were the Edinburgh World Writers Conference.


For pictures from and information about EIBF 2012, see our Events pages.