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NEWS: We’ve Been Shortlisted!

BooksForTopics is delighted to share news of being shortlisted for the Indie Champions Awards, which recognise individuals and organisations that have supported independent bookshops this year through the platform. In this blog post, we explain more about the awards and how we work with Bookshop in order to support independent booksellers and share the magic of reading…
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BooksForTopics shortlisted for the Indie Champions Awards 2023

Indie Champions Celebrated, the online bookstore, on a mission to support independent bookshops, is today announcing the shortlist for this year’s Indie Champions Awards, honouring individuals and organisations that have supported independent bookshops the most using in 2023.

Unveiled on the day of’s third anniversary, the awards shine a light on authors, publishers, podcasts, literary awards, festivals and organisations that have taken concrete steps to financially support independent bookshops through, as well as using the platform in new, creative ways.

BooksForTopics is thrilled to be shortlisted alongside publishers including Bloomsbury and Canongate and organisations such as The Booker Prizes, Hay Festival and Women’s Prize for Fiction.

BooksForTopics and BookShop.Org

Here at BooksForTopics, we love recommending the best books and curating booklists for you, but we don’t directly sell the books ourselves. Instead, we work with outside companies to supply our popular book packs and individual books from our booklists to families, schools and other organisations.

Our aim is to provide quality purchasing choices to our website users, and it has been wonderful to see the upward trend in purchases from Using the links on our primary school booklists, users of our website can buy full book packs or individual titles from our recommended booklists via, while supporting independent bookshops.

Each of our curriculum topic booklists and year group recommended read lists link to our BookShop store, from which all purchases financially support local, independent bookshops. A portion of every other sale on the site goes into a shared pool – this pool is then split between all the bookshops on the platform, so users know they are supporting independent bookshops when they choose this purchasing option. 

Shortlists Announced

BooksForTopics has been shortlisted in the Indie Champions Awards in the Most Innovative Use of category, which aims to spotlight organisations that have “linked to, shared their love and support for the indies and created captivating book lists on the website”.

The team at BooksForTopics is over the moon at the news of the shortlisting for the Indie Champions Awards. At BooksForTopics, we are passionate about highlighting children’s books that will captivate readers and making sure those books reach children’s hands. We know that we share this mission with the incredible host of independent booksellers up and down the country, who work tirelessly to connect books and readers in the community. It is a pleasure to champion on our booklists and to work together to spread the magic of reading.

The Indie Champions Awards categories include booked-based awards for Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s and Lifestyle and Culture, as well as awards for publishers, publishing professionals, podcasts, content creators and organisations that have used the platform innovatively. In the children’s sections, we are pleased to see some favourite authors from our reading-for-pleasure booklists sharing the spotlight, including Katherine Rundell (Impossible Creatures), Natasha Farrant (The Rescue of Ravenwood), Frank Cottrell Boyce (The Wonder Brothers) and Louie Stowell (Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good). New this year, the Indie Champions Awards also include a Content Creator category, spotlighting social media influencers that have linked to, shared their love and support for the indies and created captivating book lists on the website.

Nicole Vanderbilt, managing director of UK, said:

What a joy it is to shout about the individuals and organisations that have championed independent booksellers the most this year. For our team, it’s empowering to know that a lot of people share our passion for independent bookshops, and our mission to support them and ensure they thrive as a key component of the publishing ecosystem. We’re especially excited to launch our new content creator category this year, cementing our increased work with social media platforms and influencers and acknowledging their potential to expand the reach of indie bookshops even further. Huge congratulations to all the shortlistees, and we hope the brilliant work of the Indie Champions inspired even more people to become champions of independent bookshops themselves!”

Winners across all 11 categories, including the Indie Champion Title of the Year and Indie Champion List of the Year, referring to the title and list that generated the most money for indies in 2023 respectively, will be unveiled virtually on Tuesday 23rd January 2024.


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