What does the BRN provide?
- access to a community of people who are connected to work around bookshops and bookselling
- an online hub for news, research, queries, and information about bookshops, booksellers, and bookselling in the UK and across the world
- events on aspects of bookselling, including (we hope!) a biennial international conference on bookselling and bookshops
- the chance for knowledge exchange between different communities connected to bookshops (booksellers, researchers, publishers, associations, readers)
- a resource bank of materials (archival, ephemeral, teaching-related) for use in work around bookselling
The Bookselling Research Network aims to:
- identify and connect people working in bookselling, or researching bookselling, or working in areas linked to bookselling
- support the strategic decision-making of the Booksellers Association and UK book councils by researching bookshop-related histories, economic environments, professional practices and cultural impacts;
- make bookselling research available via public events (conferences, symposia, lectures and workshops) and publications (journal articles, trade articles, books, reports);
- develop the field of bookselling so that knowledge gaps are filled, and research demonstrates the impact bookshops and booksellers have (and have had) on our cultural, economic, and social;
- provide an evidence base for strategic development of bookselling in both its physical and online forms;
- enhance and raise awareness of the cultural, economic and social value of bookshops (in all their forms) and bookselling across the world.
How do I join?
To join, simply complete the request form here or send an email to the two Chairs, Dr Eben Muse (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Samantha Rayner (email@example.com), outlining what your connection to bookselling is and why you would like to be part of the Network.