Saturday 7 September 2013


Show your support for your local bookshop on 14th September!

Booklovers across the UK and Ireland are being encouraged to join nationwide campaign Books Are My Bag on September 14th, which celebrates high street & campus bookshops. It is a collaboration between publishers, bookshops, authors and agents to champion the passion for books and bookshops and celebrate their cultural importance on the high street.

For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56 per cent of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40 per cent of books bought by consumers Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat from punitive rates and rents, as well as pressure from the internet book retailers.

In fact, despite being a vital part of our culture, community and our High Street, a third of bookshops have gone out of business since 2005. Books Are My Bag aims to reverse this process by reigniting the nation's love of bookshops, calling on book lovers to show their support by visiting and purchasing a book from their favourite bookshop on Saturday 14th September.

Also very exciting is that if you purchase a book in any of the participating book shops on the day of the campaign you'll receive a lovely Books Are My Bag tote (as long as supplies last, of course), which is a brilliant way to show your support every time you use it (ie. always).

So please everyone, blog, Tweet, Facebook and talk about this brilliant campaign to help spread the word about it and purchase a new read from your favourite book store next Saturday!

A full list of the events can be found on the campaign website:

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