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UK Booksellers Association launches young booksellers network

The UK Booksellers Association (BA) has launched the Booksellers Network, an ‘informal’ group for young and new booksellers that is backed by ‘significant players’ in UK publishing, reports the Bookseller. Open to independent and chain shop-floor booksellers from across the UK and Ireland, the network aims to provide an ‘ideas-sharing platform’ and will partner with HarperCollins, NetGalley and the Bookseller to offer young and new booksellers opportunities for mentoring and professional development. Participating booksellers will also have the chance to liaise with people across the publishing trade such as editors and agents. BA head of membership services Meryl Halls said the organisation ‘saw the merit in creating an informal space for young and new booksellers beyond that traditionally encompassed by the BA.’ Maria Vassilopoulos, business development manager at the Bookseller, said, ‘publishers sit in meeting rooms but booksellers are doing the actual selling and it’s important that they feel supported and connected.’

 

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