Edinburgh International Book Festival is committed to ensuring the privacy of its customers. This Privacy Policy explains how we use your personal information. This policy may change occasionally so please check this statement from time to time.

What information Edinburgh International Book Festival collects

We collect personal information from you through you creating an account with us and buying tickets to Book Festival events, subscription to our newsletter(s), competition entry and any other forms that you may complete, as well as any e-mails that you send us.

Our website keeps track of usage data, such as the source address that the page request is coming from (i.e. your IP address, domain name), date and time of the page request, the referring website (if any) and other parameters in the URL (e.g. search criteria). The basket sections of the site utilises cookies to enable the association of a Basket with the user's computer, thereby enabling the Basket to "remember" the contents of the Basket during a browsing section. 

Please note: the cookie has a scope that limits it to the domain name of the site, and therefore has no privacy concerns for concerned users.

What Edinburgh International Book Festival does with your personal information 

We use personal information that you give us to answer your enquiries and provide you with information you have requested. We also use this information to better understand website usage and audience attendance so we know what areas of our website and what activities and events customers prefer. Website data is stored in log files and is used for aggregated and statistical reporting but cannot be attributed to you as an individual.

We may use your personal information to keep you informed about Edinburgh International Book Festival events and activities and may contact you from time to time about these. If you have given us permission to do this, we may use your information to send you email bulletins and other email alerts.

We will also use your information to process any transactions you make with us and for internal administration and analysis.

Childrens' privacy

Many children are interested in information about Edinburgh International Book Festival, and their privacy is of the utmost importance to us. Any child under the age of 14 should always ask a parent or teacher for permission before making any type of online enquiry.

Who we share information with

We will not share any information we store about you with any third party.

Compliance with law

We will release personal information where we are required to by law or by the regulations and other rules (including auditing requirements) to which we are subject. We may also exchange information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Your rights

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information held by us in our records in return for which we may charge a small fee. You also have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your information.

Use of photographs

Each year we commission a photographer to take images of people at the Book Festival. Some of the resulting images are used on this website and in print to promote the Book Festival and its services. We take every measure to ensure the subjects of the photographs (or a parent/carer) grant permission for the image/s to be used by us to promote the Book Festival, at the time the photograph is taken. Should you believe that an image should not be used for any valid reason please contact us and we will remove it.


By disclosing your personal information to us by using this website or over the telephone, you consent to the collection, storage and processing of your personal information by Edinburgh International Book Festival in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy.

If you have any concerns about the information we hold about you, you can email us at