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BBTI is in the process of being transferred to the Bodleian Library's Centre for the Study of the Book, where it will join other online resources for book trade history, including the London Book Trades Database. During the transfer period, which we hope will be completed by the summer of 2015, the University of Birmingham will continue to host BBTI in its current state. Until the move is completed, however, no new records will be added and no further amendments made. We apologize to contributors for the inevitable delay in adding material recently submitted; and thank them, and our users, for their patience.

The BRITISH BOOK TRADE INDEX (BBTI) is an index of the names and brief biographical details and trade details of people who worked in the book trade in England and Wales and who were trading by 1851. The National Library of Scotland maintains a separate Scottish Book Trade Index.

BBTI data - which are derived in part from published sources but are primarily the contributions of many local researchers - vary to some extent depending on which areas have been researched, the scope and nature of that research and, of course, the survival rate and quality of local primary evidence for book-trade activity.

For help with searching BBTI, please look at Frequently Asked Questions and use the help buttons on the search page.

The latest issue of our bulletin, Quadrat, published Summer 2011 is here

IMPORTANT: Please note that future issues of Quadrat will be electronic only. There is still no charge for subscribing but new and existing subscribers need to register by emailing the Editor, Catherine Armstrong.

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