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ABA offers members a variety of promotional programs and resources.
ABA’s Advance Access program gives booksellers access to complimentary advance reading copies via a twice-monthly email featuring titles with galleys, advance copies, and finished copies that bookstores can request. After receiving and reviewing these titles, booksellers may choose to order the books for their store, nominate the titles for the Indie Next List and Kids Next List, handsell, and/or promote the titles in their store marketing to customers.
ABA receives revenue from publishers who participate in the Advance Access program and uses the proceeds from the program to run the association and offset membership dues. As part of ABA’s commitment to antiracism, representation, equity, and access, ABA reviews the Advance Access book descriptions to screen for titles that may egregiously violate this policy. However, ABA has very limited information about the titles and only reviews the book descriptions, leaving the ultimate decision of whether to request, read, sell, or support these titles to the booksellers.
For complete details regarding the Advance Access program, as well as for member bookstores to opt-in to receive the emails, contact Pete Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital boxes from NetGalley and ABA introduce more booksellers to new titles from a variety of publishers. NetGalley works with over 300 publishers, from large trade publishers to university presses, nonfiction and craft books, children's book publishers, and more. By signing up with NetGalley, ABA-member booksellers will receive a free monthly email with pre-approved access to select digital galleys of upcoming print books.
As part of ABA’s commitment to antiracism, representation, equity, and access, ABA works with NetGalley to review the Digital Box program title descriptions to screen for hate speech as defined by the U.N.'s criteria, though the information available for screening may be limited. Screening is done for hate speech only, leaving the ultimate decision of whether to request, read, sell, or support these titles to the booksellers. Sign up here to participate in the Digital Box program; members will need to first login to BookWeb.org. Each individual working at an ABA member store can receive their own Digital Box email.
On June 1, 2010, the national ABA Gift Card program (also known as the BookSense Gift Card program powered by Givex) transitioned to an in-store program. Here’s what to do if you have a gift card from a bookstore that is no longer in business:
Gift cards will not be replaced if lost or stolen. ABA reserves the right not to reimburse the gift card holder if the bookstore that issued the gift card has been closed for more than 18 months or if expiration dates or certain state regulations apply.
ABA’s Box Mailing programs (every other month for adult book boxes, quarterly for kids book boxes) give booksellers access to galleys, advance reading copies (ARCs), and occasional finished copies of upcoming titles. ABA receives payments from participating publishers; however, the revenue generated is only used to support the program.
As part of ABA’s commitment to antiracism, representation, equity, and access, ABA reviews the Box Mailing program book descriptions to screen for hate speech as defined by the U.N.'s criteria, though the information available for screening may be limited. The ABA only screens for hate speech, leaving the ultimate decision of whether to request, read, sell, or support these titles to the booksellers.
All ABA members carrying new book inventory with a physical presence (storefront, pop-up, mobile, etc.) are eligible for the free adult boxed mailing program if they:
The participating store list is reviewed monthly.
ABA wishes that we could send these boxes to everyone! But materials are limited and the eligibility criteria ensure that there is value for the publishers who support this program.
The adult box mailings contain:
Bookstore members of the ABC Children’s Group automatically receive the Quarterly Children’s Mailing.
Email email@example.com for more information about the Box Mailings, to opt-out of mailings altogether, or to change the amount of Indie Next List fliers you receive each month.