The European International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) is extremely proud to not only have organised yet another successful bookselling conference, but also to be able to have it as a stage on which to amplify ground-breaking and thought provoking work.

Such work is exemplified by the launch of the first ever study on the sustainability of the bookselling sector, commissioned through the RISE Bookselling programme and presented at the 2024 RISE Bookselling Conference. The 'Study on the Sustainability of the Bookselling Sector: State of Play, Challenges and Sector Improvements’, was authored by researchers Fanny Valembois (The Shift Project) and David Piovesan (Lyon 3 – Jean Moulin University).

The study speaks to both seasoned booksellers with years of bookselling experience and those just starting out in the industry, and we expect it to be a trusted partner in putting anyone in the right path towards a cleaner, greener future.

The report is divided in six chapters spanning across six different sustainability themes (energy, waste, shipping, digital sector, management, and customer awareness), each with practical tips on how to begin or continue the sustainability journey and follows a multi-disciplinary approach resting on four pillars of research: focus groups, documentary analysis, online interviews and site visits to bookshops.

The study can be found and downloaded here:

And if you’re curious to know more and hear from our researchers…

Join us on the 7th of May at 18:00-19:00 (CEST) for an exclusive webinar where the authors will first present the study, followed by interactive workshops and designated Q&A sessions!

Now more than ever, it is imperative that we acknowledge and adapt to the very real effects and conditions of climate change in our lives. But what steps can bookshops take to do so? This webinar, along with the study, is a great opportunity to provide booksellers with all the necessary practical tools to run their shops more sustainably across key areas.