The IBW Bookshop Crawl is announced as part of this year’s Independent Booksellers Week

The Independent Booksellers Week (IBW) Bookshop Crawl is set to be one of the most exciting events taking place during this year’s IBW. Taking place on Saturday 5th July, it is aimed at bloggers, booktubers and vloggers across the UK. They are invited to visit as many independent bookshops as possible on the day and blog or post a video about the experience for the chance to win a fantastic winning prize.

In order to qualify for the prize, the blog or video post must be posted by 11:59pm on Sunday 6th July. Once posted, the link to the video or blog post must be sent to [email protected].

Independent booksellers across the country will be equipped with IBW Bookshop Crawl stickers, designed specifically to hand out to participants. More information about participating bookshops can be found on the Booksellers Association website here.

The competition will be judged on:

1)      The number of bookshops visited, proved by video evidence or selfies with the stickers

2)      The quality of blog post submitted (giving all participants an equal chance of winning, regardless of how many bookshops are in their area)

The one lucky winner will win the complete Adult and Children’s IBW Book Award shortlist (see full list below), National Book Tokens worth £50, and a digital banner designed specifically for the winner.

On top of this, all those who take part will be sent a participants banner after the crawl. It will work on all social media platforms and can be tailored to any blogger or vlogger requirements.

Catered towards bookshop lovers, avid readers, advocates for the High Street, and those who enjoy a good challenge, this is a brilliant way to spend a sunny Saturday and to get involved in IBW. What better reason to pop intoyour nearest independent bookshop and have a chat with your local bookseller?

For more info, visit: and the IBW website here

Those who are not bloggers, booktubers or vloggers can also show their support when visiting bookshops on the day by using the hashtag #bookshopcrawl on Twitter and Instagram.

The IBW Book Award Shortlist

There are ten adult titles and twelve children’s titles on the IBW Book Award shortlist, which have been selected by independent booksellers from nominations put forward by publishers.  The winning titles will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists, and the judging panels will be chaired by the BA’s Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services.  The winners will be announced on 28 June 2014, the first day of Independent Booksellers Week. 

IBW Book Award Adult Shortlist

The Examined Life, Stephen Grosz
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Longbourn, Jo Baker
Return of a King, William Dalrymple
The Broken Road, Patrick Leigh Fermor
Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida
Love Nina, Nina Stibbe
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Quarry, Iain Banks
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman


IBW Book Award Children’s Shortlist

Noble Conflict, Malorie Blackman
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan Pastis
Flora & Ulysses, Kate Di Camillo
More Than This, Patrick Ness
A Boy Called Hope, Lara Williamson
Picture Me Gone, Meg Rosoff
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Jill Murphy
Half Bad, Sally Green
Warp Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin, Eoin Colfer
Fortunately the Milk, Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddel

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon, Jonny Duddle

Hero, Sarah Lean