“Thank God for independent bookshops and everything they do, their expertise, championing of great books and incredible ways of bringing literature, reading and other worlds into communities.”

 - Nikesh Shukla 

What is Independent Bookshop Week?

Independent Bookshop Week is a celebration of independent bookshops in the UK highlighting the vital role independent bookshops play in their communities. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the Booksellers Association and celebrated its 15th birthday in June 2021. Hachette UK is the headline sponsor of Independent Bookshop Week.

Independent Bookshop Week 2022 will take place Saturday 18 June – Saturday 25 June.

Why shop indie?

Independent bookshops are staffed with book experts who are wildly passionate about reading and getting the right book into the right hands. Independent bookshops bring vitality to our high streets, work with local communities and champion reading for pleasure. Independent bookshops generate local jobs and contribute to our local economy and local community. Independent bookshops have real passion, real people and real conversations. Independent bookshops offer proper browsing, perfect gifts and they pay their taxes!

How can I celebrate Independent Bookshop Week?

  • Find your local indie
  • Shop with your local independent bookshop during the campaign
  • Plan a Bookshop Crawl
  • Share your book purchases on social media tagging @booksaremybag and #IndieBookshopWeek
  • Share the love of independent bookshops on social media and encouraging your followers to shop indie
  • Every bookshop will have their own way of celebrating Independent Bookshop Week so make sure you find out what your local has planned – whether it’s an in-store author signing, a virtual event, book club, special offers and more
  • Keep up to date with the campaign via the Books Are My Bag Twitter, Facebook and Instagram 
  • Visit Caboodle, the rewards programme from National Book Tokens, to see what events and offers are available from your local bookshops – sign up to get updates by email!

Our thanks to our headline sponsor, Hachette UK. Thanks also to Gardners and Nielsen Book for their invaluable support.