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Reading Partners

Since The Reading Agency was founded in 2002, our publisher and prizes partnerships have been at the heart of our mission to tackle life's big challenges through the proven power of reading. Reading Partners grew out of our shared agenda of getting more people to read more and is designed to support publishers, prizes and other partners in the commercial drive to build audiences and reach readers.

During the 2021/22 subscription year:

  • 220,030 people took part in Reading Partner activities
  • 1,729,880 people engaged with the publisher campaigns via our social media networks
  • 5,320 PoS packs were distributed to libraries and other organisations, and 13,190 books were distributed via our campaigns
  • 4,806 people attended author events in libraries and schools brokered via Reading Partners
  • 16,120 people have attended our virtual events (Roadshow and The Reading Agency Presents)
  • Many book borrowers are also book buyers, and we help our partners to reach this network of engaged and enthusiastic readers. Whether discovering exciting debuts or celebrating household names, we help library users, schools and reading groups to access brilliant books, nurturing a lifelong love of reading and supporting book sales.

    'Reading Partners has been invaluable in amplifying our campaigns to reach librarians and teachers across the UK. Our campaigns have always been received with enthusiasm and we've seen long-lasting support from those we engage beyond the immediate campaign.' Head of Zeus

    We create tailored and smart campaigns that will maximise reach and impact for publishers and their authors. We understand our audiences and create campaigns that engage the communities we want to impact.

    We recently hosted a Reading Partners Showcase to share some of the highlights from our previous subscription year and how we can support publishers in 2022 and 2023.

    We work with publishers, prizes and other partners to develop activity using our 'menu' of campaign options or by taking a more bespoke approach. Our publisher subscriptions now offer more than ever with an opportunity to pitch for inclusion in booklists and our virtual event series, The Reading Agency Presents.

    Monthly booklists

    View our latest booklists on the Reading Agency website

    The Reading Agency Presents

    The Reading Agency Presents is our virtual events programme, born out of the need to keep people connected and engaged with reading during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since our first event in May 2021, we have welcomed over 14,000 live audience members with hundred more watching our recordings on Youtube.

    Reading Partners Roadshow

    A highlight of our year is our annual, virtual Reading Partners Roadshow. In 2021 this ran across two days with 52 authors and publishers presenting and approximately 1,496 delegates engaging. You can view the recordings from the 2021 events here.

    'Really interesting and enjoyable event. The international attendees indicate that the topic is of value and interest to so many, so a great choice.' Attendee at 'Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment'

    'I love these Children's Roadshows! They encompass the best partnership working and highlight best practice among authors, illustrators, publishers, publicists, the publishing industry and libraries and librarians!' Roadshow Attendee

    Reading Partners Subscription

    Our promotional campaigns reach over 3,300 libraries, schools, prisons, care homes, hospitals, and community centres. Through Reading Groups for Everyone, the UK's largest network of reading groups, we connect with over 5,000 registered groups to distribute sets of books, run promotional activities, and generate online reviews. Since 2001, The Reading Agency has also run Chatterbooks, the UK's largest network of children's reading groups.

    'We have loved working with the Reading Agency this year. We're a really small team so they're support has been invaluable. The opportunity to present to librarians has been particularly successful in organising events and raising author profiles.' UCLan Publishing

    Download our subscription rates for Reading Partners publishers 2022/2023.

    Publishers with a standard or enhanced subscription will also have the opportunity to add on activities at an additional cost.

    We are pleased to be able to offer discounted rates for small independent publishers and freelancers. For further information about working with us please contact for details. We will be happy to discuss the 2022/23 subscription offer with you in more detail.

    For book prizes and other partners, a bespoke package will be created to engage the communities and groups you want to reach. Costs will be provided on request as these can vary depending on promotion size but you can see general costings here. Contact to discuss your campaign.

    Our Publisher Partners 2022/23:

    • Atlantic books
    • Andersen Press
    • BBC Book Club
    • Bloomsbury
    • Bonnier Books
    • bsmall publishing
    • Buster Books
    • Chicken House
    • Cornerstone
    • David Fickling Books
    • Faber and Faber
    • Faber and Faber Childrens
    • Farshore
    • Gecko Press
    • Hachette Children's Group
    • Harper Collins
    • Headline
    • Head of Zeus
    • Hodder & Stoughton
    • HQ
    • International Booker Prize
    • John Murray
    • Knights of
    • Little Tiger
    • Macmillan Children
    • Michael Joseph
    • New Frontier Publishing
    • Nosy Crow
    • Oneworld
    • Orion
    • Oxford Childrens Books
    • Quercus
    • Rebellion
    • Penguin Random House
    • UCLAN
    • Usborne
    • Vintage
    • Walker
    • Welbeck
    • The Wolfson History Prize
    • Womens Prize for Fiction
    • Yale University Press

    You can find out more about our publisher partners and their latest titles on our Dropbox.

    Our publishing partners can also get involved in other The Reading Agency programmes. Many have recommended booklists or Find a Read areas full of suggestions for readers. We also have hundreds of downloadable resources for children on our Chatterbooks resources page and digital assets for reading groups on our Reading Groups for Everyone resources page.

    • Summer Reading Challenge
    • World Book Night
    • Teachers Reading Challenge

    About the Reading Agency

    The Reading Agency is a UK-wide charity using the proven power of reading to tackle life's big challenges of social mobility, mental health and wellbeing and loneliness. In 2020-21, The Reading Agency reached over 1.9 million people across the UK, including more than 800,000 children and over 1 million adults and young people with the support of 13,817 partner organisations, ensuring that everyone is reading their way to a better life.

    Find out about The Reading Agency's programmes here

    At the Reading Agency we are proud to live our values: we are inclusive, we change lives, we are connectors and collaborators and we are creative.

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