Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bookish & Bloggish News - The IBW Bookshop Crawl

The IBW Bookshop Crawl. Taking place on Saturday 5th July, it is aimed at bloggers, booktubers and vloggers across the UK. It’s great that you want to get involved - and have a stab at winning the fantastic prize.  I saw that you posted about it on your blog – thanks very much!

As I explained before, in short, the challenge is to visit as many independent bookshops as possible throughout the day and blog or post a video about the experience for the chance to win. Whether you are a bookshop lover, an avid reader, an advocate for the High Street, or, more simply, just enjoy a good challenge, this is a brilliant way to spend a sunny Saturday, get involved in IBW, and have a chat with your local bookseller.


How the IBW Bookshop Crawl will work:

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

Independent booksellers across the country will be equipped with IBW Bookshop Crawl stickers, designed specifically to hand out to participants.  To find out which participating bookshops are near you, the Booksellers Association has the full list on their website here.

The competition will be judged on:

1)      The number of bookshops visited, detailed in the post and 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 your area)

The Prizes

This year’s fantastic prize includes the complete Adult and Children’s IBW Book Award shortlist (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 we are happy to tailor it to your particular size / blog requirements.

IBW Book Award Adult Shortlist
The Examined Life, Stephen Grosz
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Longbourn, Jo Baker 
image004Return 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

I really wish I could take part in this like I originally planned, but after looking in my area there is only two bookshops I can actually get to that are in reasonable travelling distance....once I actually found where they are.

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