Independent bookshops make an important contribution to the Welsh economy and to their local communities, and we’re here to support them as a Books Council. This work is led by our Sales & Information Department which is located in our Distribution Centre on the Glanyrafon Enterprise Park on the outskirts of Aberystwyth.
We have a team of sales officers who cover the whole of Wales and who, when circumstances allow, make regular visits to bookshops as well as schools and libraries.
They can take your orders, arrange for point-of-sale promotional material to be sent to bookshops, discuss which titles are selling well, share information about upcoming titles and more.
If you’re a bookshop owner in Wales and would like to be put in touch with your dedicated sales officer, please contact our Department of Sales & Information.
Orders placed by bookshops are processed through our Distribution Centre in Aberystwyth.
At any one time, there are around half a million books from Wales in stock in our Centre’s warehouse and details of all available titles are listed on www.gwales.com. We also send a regular e-mail to booksellers with details of new titles from Wales available from our Distribution Centre.
The Books Council also has links with other distributors in the UK and internationally to ensure that books from Wales are available worldwide.
We over a next-day delivery service to bookshops who order before midday (Monday-Friday). There is no delivery charge for orders worth more than £66.66 net.
Our Distribution Centre is self-financing and does not receive any direct funding from the public purse.
If you would like to open a business account, please email our Department of Sales & Information.
Financial support is available to booksellers who would like to host a book stall at a public event in Wales – from a local school fair to the Royal Welsh Show or the National Eisteddfod.
The Outreach Scheme is administered by our Department of Sales & Information. The Department’s staff also deal with arrangements for stands in events such as the Hay Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod.
When a customer buys a book through our gwales.com website, they can choose an independent bookshop in Wales to receive commission on their purchase. This commission is paid to booksellers at the end of the financial year by the Books Council’s Finance Department. Mae’r holl lyfrau sydd ar www.gwales.com ar gael trwy’r siopau llyfrau.
When a customer buys an e-book through our ffolio.wales website, they can choose an independent bookshop in Wales to receive commission on their purchase. This commission is transferred to booksellers in a single payment at the end of each quarter by our Finance Department, along with a monthly report indicating the sale and an individual email through the ffolio website.
For further information, please contact:
Department of Sales & Information
Tel: 01970 624455