Membership

Why Become a Member

Each independent book retailer is uniquely independent. The American Booksellers Association is the common connection to the larger book industry. Backed by the strength of its membership, ABA gives voice to thousands of booksellers, influencing publishers and advocating for small businesses. ABA events and workshops bring members together, creating communities that learn, network, and form bonds. ABA member resources offer support and solutions for the day-to-day operations of today’s independent bookseller.

Any business engaged in the retail sale of books can apply to be a bookstore member; there are also member categories for publishers, vendors, and friends of the industry.

Benefit details and membership categories are below.

Become an ABA Member

"Having a strong resource like ABA has been a key factor in helping independent bookstores weather all the business challenges of the past 20 years, from chain stores to Amazon to ebooks to the recession."
ABA 2017 Member Satisfaction Survey
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Benefits & Resources

See descriptions of membership types at bottom of table. REGULAR MEMBER REGULAR
Business engaged in the retail sale of books in the United States or Canada (New stores/members dues $199/yr; renewal dues based on gross sales) JOIN
USED BOOKSTOREUSED
Business engaged in the sale of books in which 75% or more of inventory is used books ($225/yr) JOIN
PROVISIONAL MEMBERPROVISIONAL
Individuals planning to open a bookstore ($350/yr) JOIN
INTERNATIONAL MEMBERINTERNATIONAL
Any business engaged in the retail sale of books outside of the United States and Canada ($350/yr) JOIN
 
ABC Children’s Group*
ABC Children's Institute - Exclusives Yes Yes Yes Yes
ABC Best Books Catalog for Young Readers Yes Yes No No
ABC Listserv Yes Yes Yes Yes
E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Voting Yes Yes No No
BookExpo - Special Events Yes Yes Yes Yes
Summer Reading Printed POP Yes Yes No No
Quarterly Children's Box Mailing Yes No No No
Advocacy
Antitrust Action Kit Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Localism Tool Kit Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free Speech (ABFE) Resources Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher Relations Yes Yes Yes Yes
Small Business Issues Yes Yes Yes No
Association Governance
Volunteer Board, Councils and Task Forces Yes Yes No No
Voting Yes Yes No No
Business Services & Savings
AAA Label Yes Yes Yes Yes
Above the Treeline/Edelweiss Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chosen Payments Merchant Services Yes Yes Yes No
Biblio Yes Yes Yes Yes
ChicoBag Company Yes Yes Yes Yes
Constant Contact Email Newsletters Yes Yes Yes Yes
EventBrite Yes Yes Yes Yes
LIBRIS Business Insurance Yes No No No
LovePop Greeting Cards Yes Yes Yes Yes
PartnerShip Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paz & Associates Bookstore Training Group Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher's Weekly Yes Yes Yes Yes
W.G. Ellerkamp Paper Company Yes Yes Yes Yes
eCommerce
IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites* Yes Yes No No
Partner Marketplace (ebooks, audiobooks) Yes Yes No No
Education, Events, and Networking
ABC Children’s Institute Yes Yes Yes Yes
BookExpo - Free badges, ABA Education Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fall Trade Shows - ABA Education Yes Yes Yes Yes
IndieCommerce Institute Yes Yes Yes No
Specialty Seminars & Workshops Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spring Forums - ABA Education Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winter Institute Yes Yes Yes Yes
On Demand Learning Yes Yes Yes Yes
Studies & Stats Yes Yes Yes Yes
Financial Tools
ABACUS Custom Benchmarking Yes No No No
Business Planning Curricula Yes Yes Yes Yes
Marketing
IndieBound Marketing Program Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advance Access Email Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital Designs and Assets Yes Yes Yes Yes
Campaigns and Promotions Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indie Bestseller List Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indies Choice Book Awards Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indie Next List Flyers Yes No No No
IndieBound.org Store Finder Yes Yes No No
Publisher Supported Promotions (Indies First, Indies Introduce) Yes Yes Yes No
Red Box & White Box Monthly Mailings Yes No No No
News and Information
Book Buyer’s Handbook Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bookselling This Week** Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bookseller-to-Bookseller Forums Yes Yes Yes Yes
*Requires additional fee
** Open subscription

REGULAR MEMBER
Business engaged in the retail sale of books in the United States or Canada (New stores/members dues $199/yr; renewal dues based on gross sales)

USED BOOKSTORE
Business engaged in the sale of books in which 75% or more of inventory is used books ($225/yr)

PROVISIONAL MEMBER
Individuals planning to open a bookstore ($350/yr)

INTERNATIONAL MEMBER
Any business engaged in the retail sale of books outside of the United States and Canada ($350/yr)

Associate Membership ($400/yr)

Publishers, distributors, wholesalers, and other industy vendors have access to multiple marketing and sponsorship opportunities as ABA Associate Members. These opportunities include Red & White Box insertions, event sponsorships, title submissions for catalogs and marketing campaigns, and access to bookstore members through advertising and mailing lists. See the For Publishers and Advertising sections for more details. JOIN ABA

Friend of Bookselling ($200/yr)

Businesses and individuals that support independent bookselling and are not book retailers make up the Friends of Bookselling. Enjoy the ABC Group Listserv, IndieBound marketing designs, advocacy resources including the Antitrust Action Kit and New Localism tool kit, and business services from ABA's affinity partners. Does not include complimentary admission to BookExpo. JOIN ABA

Become an ABA Member

About ABA

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.

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