The Book Festival’s indepdendent online bookshop is your place to find all of the exciting titles from our programmes.

Making books more affordable for pupils and schools

Pupils will get so much more from their Book Festival experience if they are able to read the relevant books beforehand. To make this easier for schools to achieve, we have a number of exciting discounts and giveaways on offer.

Baillie Gifford Big Book Giveaway – FREE Books for Pupils!

What better way for your pupils to enjoy our online events this year than by receiving a free copy of one of the featured books to read at home or in the classroom? For EVERY event in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme five lucky classes will receive a book for every pupil. With 8 eligible events for primary school pupils and 6 eligible events for secondary school pupils, that’s a lot of free books to give away! To register your class for this great offer visit free-books-for-schools and complete the application form. Terms and conditions apply.

A Book Bundle for all Schools

If your class isn’t selected to receive a free title for every pupil, don’t worry! Every school who registers will also be given a selection of books for their school library.

Terms and conditions of the Baillie Gifford Big Book Giveaway:

  • Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • However, in the case of excessive demand, the Book Festival reserves the right to prioritise applications from schools with most pressing financial need.
  • Only applications submitted via the form listed on the Book Festival’s website will be considered.
  • All applications must be received by Friday 18 June; any received after this deadline will be considered ineligible. — Only Scottish schools are eligible to apply.

25% off books for schools

This year we are offering 25% off books ordered by schools. Visit the specially created Schools page at to browse books in the programme and receive 25% off all orders placed. The offer applies to all books featured in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme and the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme and is valid until 30 September 2021. To claim your discount simply enter the coupon code SC25BG21V at the checkout.

Terms and conditions:

  • Offer applies to UK schools only.
  • £2.95 P&P will be applied to each order placed.
  • The offer is subject to availability and the Edinburgh International Book Festival reserves the right to alter or remove products at any time.

Our bookshops are independent and every penny of profit from booksales goes straight back towards the maintenance and development of the Book Festival. We want every school pupil to love books as much as we do, with special discounts and offers, why not have a browse and discover a new favourite read!