“I’ve said many times that my plan for my first year at ABA, like so many people’s plans for 2020, was thwarted by the pandemic,” writes Hill. “Instead of the answers I came in with, I let questions guide ABA’s efforts this past year.”
“Independent bookstores are more important than ever, our communities need us now (even if only through social media), and they will really need us as we begin to emerge from isolation and fear,” writes Fiocco.
“Right now we have a tremendous opportunity to reframe the conversation we’ve been having within our industry and to rethink every aspect of our business,” writes Hill in her inaugural letter to members.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.