Useful Links

Here we share key links within the publishing industry for service providers, partners, trade organisations and events.


Batch Returns and Batch Payments are both key services to the booktrade, simplifying the payment & retuns processes for both booksellers and distributors. The Batch Payments system reduces overheads in the supply chain and improves communication between suppliers and their customers worldwide. It was created by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland in 2000 to replace the manual clearing house scheme. Batch Returns is an easy-to-use web interface that was specially built to cut down on waste in the supply chain.

Bologna Childrens Book Fair

For 57 years BCBF has been THE event in the children’s publishing industry. Over 1,400 exhibitors and around 30,000 professional visitors flock to the event each spring to experience the world of children’s books, illustration and multimedia content. The fair has succeeded in bringing together a unique and diverse global audience and is now an unmissable show where everyone can explore the changing and multi-layered children’s publishing landscape led by the printed book, which remains the most important agent of change and creates the forward motion for the whole world of children's media.

Book Aid International

Book Aid International is a charity that make books available to millions of people in libraries, schools, universities, hospitals, refugee camps and prisons around the world. Every year, publishers and other members of the book trade generously donate around one million books to this charity which helps to enrich the lives of millions of readers

Book Industry Communication (BIC)

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association. Booksellers Association, the Charted Institute of Library and Information profressionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.

Booksellers Association

The Booksellers Association is a membership organisation for all Booksellers in the Uk and Ireland, representing over 95% of Bookshops. The BA exists to support, advise and work with its members to create excellent products for booksellers.

Frankfurt Book Fair

Once a year Frankfurter Buchmesse turns into the world capital of ideas. It is the most important international trade fair for publishing and content of all kinds - from novels and children's books to scientific databases. Here, experts from global publishing meet partners from the technology industry and related creative industries such as film and games. Thus, it is the hub of the international rights and licensing trade, and from here new cooperations and business models take their course.

CBS exhibits at the Frankfurt Book Fair each October, usually on the shared IPG Collective Stand in Hall 6.

Independent Publishers Guild

The Independent Publishers Guild is the association for the thriving independent publishing sector in the UK and Ireland. CBS is a proud member of the IPG. The IPG now has over 650 members and allows us all to share vital knowledge, resources and information.

London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. The 2021, we will the 50-year anniversary. Staged annually, its welcomes more than 25,000 publishing professionals to London for the week of the fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.

CBS exhibits at the London Book Fair every year, it provides a key opportunity for us to meet with our exisiting client publishers, service providers and partners within the book trade.

Nielsen PubEasy

PubEasy is a service that facilitates and speeds business between booksellers, publishers, distributors and wholesalers. Booksellers can access title, price and availability information, place orders, as well as check status of orders 24/7.

Publishers Association

The Publishers Assoication is the member organisation for UK publishing, representing companies of all sizes and specialisms. It exists to champion publishing to the wider world and to provide our members with everything they need to thrive.

The Bookseller

The Bookseller has been the business magazine of the book industry since 1858; incorporating the even earlier Bent's Literary Advertiser, established in 1802. It is one of the UK's longest standing magazines and reports on every significant book trade event,

World Book Day

World Book Day is a registered charity whose mission is to give every child and young person a book of their own. Its also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly, its a celebration of reading.