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In addition to the many programs ABA offers its members, the Association has developed affinity partnerships with vendors that offer discounted products, services, and business opportunities. For the latest news and updates from ABA’s affinity partners, see Bookselling This Week.

2020 Vision USA •  Above the Treeline/EdelweissBatch for BooksBonfire •  Booksellers Insurance Program  •  Bookshop • Biblio •  Chico Bag Company •  Crowdcast •  Constant Contact Email Newsletters •  Eventbrite •  Gravity Payments•  GTM Payroll Services  •  Kobo  •  Local Business Institute (LBI)  •  Libro.fm  •  NetGalley  •  PartnerShip •  The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates •  Professional Booksellers School •  Publishers Weekly •  QuickBooks •  Satisfactory Printing •  Shelf Awareness •  Square •  Transport Specialties International •  W.G. Ellerkamp •  ZingTrain

 

2020 Vision USA

2020 Vision USA designs stylish, eco-friendly and affordable readers that are used by book lovers everywhere. They are available online at 2020VisionUSA.com and in boutiques and bookstores throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most importantly, 2020 has kept the incredible, personal customer service that founder Phil Meyer started more than 20 years ago, as evidenced by one glowing review after another.

In addition to a longstanding commitment to customer service, 2020 Vision looks to give their customers the opportunity to look good and feel good while staying on top of the latest technology and lifestyle trends to better serve the community. 2020 Vision USA is a brand with an innovative mindset and a desire to promote social engagement and positive change in the areas that are directly related to the business, including giving back to charitable organizations, promoting eye-care protection and education and supporting conservation and free speech. In fact, 2020 Vision USA donates a portion of their profits on behalf of ABA member bookstores to support freedom of speech through ABFE, the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

In addition, ABA bookstore members receive special discounts from 2020 Vision USA and you are encouraged to contact Denise Foster at df@2020visionusa.com or 214-769-2227 to learn more. We look forward to “seeing you!"

Above the Treeline/Edelweiss

At it’s core, Edelweiss Analytics is a web-based system designed to help bookstores improve sales performance by optimizing inventory selection and turns. Among its many benefits, it allows booksellers to spot sales trends and to measure inventory performance. 

Basecamp is the base tier of Edelweiss Analytics and is free for the first year, then $25/mo per location once your trial is complete. 

Key benefits of the Basecamp tier include:

  • Sales & Inventory History: See your sAt it’s core, Edelweiss is an online digital catalog platform and suite of services that allows booksellers to efficiently create orders, stay on top of new titles, access review copies, and more. Please note that accessing publisher catalogs, ordering, and digital review copies are completely free to access.

    Edelweiss Analytics is a web-based system designed to help bookstores improve sales performance by optimizing inventory selection and turns. Among its many benefits, it allows booksellers to spot sales trends and to measure inventory performance. 

    Basecamp is the base tier of Edelweiss Analytics and is free for the first year, then $25/mo per location once your trial is complete. 

    Key benefits of the Basecamp tier include:

    • Sales & Inventory History: See your store’s sales and inventory history for each comparable title right within Edelweiss as you’re making buying decisions. 

    Summit is the highest tier of Edelweiss Analytics and it is priced on a sliding scale based on your store’s gross annual sales. The starting tier for new stores & stores that that have <$500K in gross annual sales is $50/month per location. More information about pricing for both tiers of Edelweiss Analytics can be found here – What does Edelweiss Analytics cost?.

     Key benefits of the Summit tier include:

    • Most Popular Titles: See the most popular titles amongst other indie booksellers, how you’re stocked with those titles, as well as how those titles are performing at your store.
    • Top Not Yet Released Titles: Take advantage of the aggregated data from you a crowd-sourced cheat sheet for titles that have not yet been published. View all on-order titles with a future publication date and filter to show you the titles that are most ordered by the most stores. 
    • Stock Analysis: Understand how your inventory is performing. You can view your entire inventory or use filter to view smaller, targeted portions. Doing this analysis on a regular basis will allow you to have a much clearer vision of what actually moves. 
    • Catalog Analysis: View a publisher’s catalog or collection through the lens of how many days a titles has been on the shelf. You will be able to see how your store performed with each title ordered from that catalog, which you didn’t bring in, and view market data for all titles to see which you may have missed adding to your shelves. 
    • The Shelf Report: Get a comprehensive look at your inventory on both macro & micro levels. This monthly report will provide you with an objective assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your bookstore’s inventory, identify specific areas to focus on, and enable you to track improvement over time.  

    For a summary and details about Edelweiss, visit our website at https://www.edelweissplus.com/for-booksellers. To learn more about getting started with Edelweiss, visit the Knowledge Base page. To learn more about Edelweiss Analytics tools, contact Edelweiss Support (support@abovethetreeline.com). To sign up for Edelweiss Analytics, follow this link https://www.abovethetreeline.com/bookseller-inquiries/

    If you are a bookstore operating within the UK, you can find information about Edelweiss & Edelweiss Analytics at this link, https://www.edelweissplus.com/for-uk-booksellerstore’s sales and inventory history for each comparable title right within Edelweiss as you’re making buying decisions. 

Summit is the highest tier of Edelweiss Analytics and it is priced on a sliding scale based on your store’s gross annual sales. The starting tier for new stores & stores that that have <$500K in gross annual sales is $50/month per location. More information about pricing for both tiers of Edelweiss Analytics can be found here – https://www.edelweissplus.com/for-booksellers. To learn more about getting started with Edelweiss, visit the https://www.abovethetreeline.com/bookseller-inquiries/

If you are a bookstore operating within the UK, you can find information about Edelweiss & Edelweiss Analytics at this link, https://www.edelweissplus.com/for-uk-booksellers.

Batch for Books

Batch for Books offers booksellers a way to streamline how they manage invoices and prepare payments to publishers with Batch’s free web platform.  The quantity of invoices booksellers receive can be overwhelming and Batch can help so you spend less time on bookkeeping and more time on bookselling.  

Booksellers can benefit from using Batch in the following ways: 

  • Less paperwork: No more stacks of paper overrunning your desk. Batch automatically and electronically organizes invoices to reduce paperwork and free up your time.  
  • Online access to invoices: Manage invoices when and where it’s most convenient for you. 
  • Make claims with a click: Allows you to verify shipments and raise claims for damages or shortages without needing to spend time calling the publisher.    
  • No data entry: Batch can link with QuickBooks enabling automated entry of invoice data. 
  • Preparing payments is a breeze: Easy to see and choose the invoices you want to pay.  
  • Batch is free to use!

To get started or to request more information about Batch for Books, fill out our contact form or email Nathan Halter (Nathan.halter@batchforbooks.com).

Bonfire

Bonfire is a free online platform where you can design, sell, fundraise with, and order custom products to build your bookseller brand. They handle 100% of the logistics, like payment processing, order fulfillment, and customer service so you can focus on connecting with your community. Whether you want to sell limited edition releases or have a long-term online store, their flexible platform offers a catalog of premium merch that never sacrifices quality. ABA members can claim a free custom design (one time only) by emailing Taylor Soignoli at taylor.soignoli@bonfire.com.

Booksellers Insurance Program

You sell books. The Booksellers Insurance Program (formerly Libris) covers them – and you – with insurance specialized for independent bookstores by insurer QBE. Formed by ABA in 1997, we provide affordable business insurance protection for its booksellers and the loss exposures you face:

  • General Liability
  • Business Personal Property
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Seasonal increase in merchandise is covered
  • New store benefit
  • Special event coverage
  • Additional lines of coverage as needed

Work with your agent, or directly with us at booksellers@arrowheadgrp.com.

Insurance coverage that fits you like a book jacket.

Bookshop

Bookshop is an online platform with an explicit mission to promote and financially support the bricks-and-mortar bookselling community. Created as a B-Corp, Bookshop provides online customers who are not currently buying books on indie bookstore sites an easy-to-use platform that features one-click purchasing; a clear, intuitive interface; and fast shipping (fulfillment is handled by Ingram). 

Booksellers can participate in Bookshop in two ways:

Sign up to be a partner: 10 percent of every sale on Bookshop goes to ABA member bookstores that opt in as partners; these funds are divided evenly among participating bookstores nationwide and dispersed by Bookshop every six months. To be eligible for the pool payout, stores must be ABA members with a physical location (this includes semi-permanent pop-ups and mobile stores). Online and events only businesses are not eligible. There are no other requirements, and there is no fee to become a partner. 

Sign up to be an affiliate: Affiliate stores that sell books online using Bookshop (by sharing Bookshop links on social media, in email newsletters, or on their websites) earn 30 percent commission on any sales they generate. All orders are fulfilled through Ingram, and Bookshop handles the inventory, fulfillment, shipping, customer service, and returns. Affiliate stores are also listed on Bookshop’s store finder on Bookshop.org. To be eligible for the 30 percent affiliate rate, stores must be ABA members with a physical location (this includes semi-permanent pop-ups and mobile stores). Online and events only businesses are not eligible.

Stores should email Bookshop’s Steph Opitz to sign up for the partner or affiliate programs, or to find out more about Bookshop and its regular bookseller forum.

Learn more about Bookshop here or visit Bookshop’s website.

Biblio

Biblio.com is an online marketplace that specializes in used, rare, and out-of-print books. Its white-label affiliate program with ABA enables member stores to give their website visitors instant access to millions of these titles, from more than 5,000 sources, via a customized co-branded portal. Biblio provides all of the banners and search boxes to put on your site, and your customers visit a co-branded version of Biblio with links to your website. For information and sign-up, a Biblio FAQ page may be found here. ABA members can visit http://www.biblio.com/app/affiliate/aba_signup.

Chico BagsChicoBag Company

ChicoBag provides fun, unique and eco-friendly bags in all shapes and sizes with various fabric options including the ChicoBag rePETe, which is manufactured from 99% recycled content. Every ChicoBag features an attached carrying pouch with clip for taking the bag anywhere. Customers love that they can fit a ChicoBag into their pocket, purse or clipped to their backpack, so they can always have a bag on hand. When open, ChicoBags are full-size shopping bags, totes and other bag styles that are incredibly durable, machine washable and come with a manufacturer warranty.

Member bookstores save 5% off and a free display on their first standard order of ChicoBags.
Member bookstores save 10% on all custom printed ChicoBags with your bookstore’s logo.

For more information, please see this flyer. You may also contact Crystal Viars at ChicoBag at 503-717-2158, or email crystal@chicobag.com.

Crowdcast

Crowdcast is a live video platform for webinars, Q&As, courses, concerts, and online conferences.

ABA member booksellers will receive 20 percent off for 12 months on any of the plans that they choose when signing up for Crowdcast; booksellers can visit this page on BookWeb to access the special link that will grant their store the discount (booksellers will need to be logged in to BookWeb to see the link). 

Stores that are already on the platform can use the discount going forward; booksellers are encouraged to contact Crowdcast to apply the coupon to their account.

Questions can be sent to support@crowdcast.io or through the Support Center chat feature when logged into Crowdcast.

Constant Contact Email Newsletters

Constant Contact makes communicating with customers easy and measurable. Constant Contact manages every aspect of an email campaign, from creation to mailing to customer support. ABA Regular bookstore members receive an annual rebate based on average monthly usage.

For more information about the benefits of using Constant Contact, refer to this PDF that reviews how permission-based email can help you to stay connected to your customers. This one page customer support PDF provides tips and support designed for ABA members. Additional downloadable resources from Constant Contact are 10 Easy Ways to Build an Effective Email List and 10 Truths for Creating Almost Perfect Subject Lines.

Sign up for the program to take advantage of the ABA rebate. (Note – this link must be used in order to participate in the rebate program.)

To move your account to the ABA rebate program, email email partner support directly at partnersupport@constantcontact.com. You must have your CC username; tell support you would like your account moved under the American Booksellers Association partnership.

Eventbrite logoEventbrite

ABA has established a partnership with Eventbrite, a sophisticated event technology service that allows members to manage ticket sales for their store’s events. ABA members will have access to a substantial Eventbrite discount and customer support via email and phone. ABA members will also receive a one-hour onboarding session with an Eventbrite representative.

Eventbrite allows event-holders to set up an event page in minutes, offer multiple ticket options, and learn more about their ticket-buying community with customized questions. In addition, event-goers can purchase tickets directly on stores’ websites and social media pages. Booksellers who have an existing account with Eventbrite can easily migrate to the new members-only program to take advantage of lower rates and enhanced customer support and training.

Review updated rates for ABA members or get started, by filling out this form. Once the form has been submitted, Eventbrite’s Jorge Portillo will be in contact with more details.

Gravity Payments

Gravity Payments logoABA is partnering with Gravity Payments to offer credit card processing services to bookstore members. Gravity Payments, which came recommended by several booksellers, was launched because the company saw independent businesses being overcharged and underserved by their credit card processors. Gravity Payments has been able to lower costs, be completely transparent, and provide better service for the bookselling community. Today, Gravity Payments has served more than 20,000 independent businesses in the U.S.

Gravity Payments offers 2.4% + 23 cents per online transaction for IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores and .11% (11 basis points) + 6 cents per transaction plus interchange for in-store transactions.  A monthly $12 Gateway fee may apply. This is a three year contract, with a $250 penalty for early cancellation. 

To learn more about Gravity or to consult with a dedicated ABA rep about your business visit https://gravitypayments.com/partner/aba/.

GTM Payroll Services

GTM Payroll Services provides human resources consulting that works with you to assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures for compliance, best practices, and offers a strategic partnership. Services can include preparing and maintaining Employee Handbooks, onboarding procedures, hiring practices, benefits guidance, employee relations, and training programs. ABA bookstore members receive a discounted hourly rate for HR services. Services can be offered on demand or on a fixed fee basis. A dedicated HR consultant with knowledge in the industry will work with you to address your business needs.

Please contact Nicole Camuti-Pullman, Senior HR Consultant, for more information or to discuss services at (518) 836-2541 or N.camuti@gtm.com. For more information about GTM HR Consulting & GTM Payroll Services, please visit https://gtm.com/business/hr-consulting-services/.
 

Kobo

ABA members interested in selling ebooks can join the Kobo eReading program and offer their customers more than six million titles. ABA members share in the revenue on every sale. Learn more about the Kobo program here.

Local Business InstituteLBI Logo

ABA is proud to be a "champion" LocalFirst Community member of the Local Business Institute (LBI), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Austin,Texas, and dedicated to the creation and support of thriving, sustainable local business communities through education, research and community-building programs. ABA members are now eligible for 20% off LBI's business classes (access more discount details) and will have access to LBI's marketing campaigns and free resource library!

Libro.fm

Libro.fm logo

Libro.fm enables independent stores to sell digital audiobooks through a co-branded experience. It's easy for your customers, and it's easy for your bookstore.

Start selling immediately with no inventory • No up-front costs, fees, or technical expertise required • Digital audiobooks play on all devices • Excellent support for you

 and your customers • Sales of digital audiobooks up 34% in 2015. Find out more about the Indie Partner program. Take Libro.fm for a test drive and shop from the list of partner stores. Ready to get started? Contact Mark Pearson at mark@libro.fm.

For all the details, visit www.bookweb.org/librofm.

Digital Box with NetGalley

Members of the American Booksellers Association can utilize NetGalley for free to access digital review copies and audiobooks, nominate books for the Indie Next List, and discover new authors and publishers. Plus, ABA members can receive the exclusive Digital Box Newsletter, which grants pre-approved access to select digital galleys of upcoming print books!

Booksellers can add their ABA member ID number to their NetGalley profile. When you request books on NetGalley, publishers will see the ABA logo near your name, allowing them to easily identify you as a confirmed ABA member. Booksellers who enter their ABA numbers are generally approved more quickly and often (including being auto-approved).

Nominate books for the Indie Next List via NetGalley! NetGalley collects nominations weekly and submits them to the ABA for consideration. Once you’re approved or invited to view a book on NetGalley, click the “Give Feedback” button from the book page or on your Shelf. On the Opinions page, select “Yes” to nominate the book for the Indie Next List.

Opt into the monthly ABA Digital Box Newsletter from NetGalley! Sign up here to participate in the free Digital Box program; members will need to first log in to BookWeb.org. Each individual working at an ABA member store can receive their own Digital Box email.

As part of ABA’s commitment to antiracism, representation, equity, and access, ABA works with NetGalley to review the Digital Box 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. Screening is done for hate speech only, leaving the ultimate decision of whether to request, read, sell, or support these books to the booksellers.

PartnerShip

ABA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip. Whether your shipment is going across the country or across the world, you’ll ship smarter with this free ABA member benefit.

  • Save on small package shipping with discounts of 50 percent on FedEx Express and 30 percent on FedEx Ground.
  • Reduce your freight costs with competitive LTL and truckload rates from UPS Freight, YRC Freight, XPO, and many others.
  • Improve your supply chain efficiency with affordable warehouse storage and fulfillment services.
  • Take control of your inbound shipping costs with customized routing instructions.

Enroll in the ABA Shipping Program today to start saving. For members who are already using the program, but don’t have the current FedEx discounts, make sure you re-enroll to receive the improved pricing. If you have any questions about using the program or would like a quote, contact PartnerShip.

Booksellers can learn more about taking control of inbound shipping in this short video featuring the ABA Shipping Program managed by PartnerShip.

The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates

Are your hopes and dreams related to owning a bookstore? Whether you want to learn how to start a bookstore, buy an existing store, or simply want to become more proficient at running a sustainable bookstore business, The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates' bookstore workshops and training guides are the best way to lay the foundation for your success. If you need one-to one help with business plans, bookstore design, inventory selection, newsletter marketing, retail management, or business valuations, call 904-277-2664 or visit their website. ABA members receive a $200 discount on tuition for the Owning a Bookstore workshop, and a 20% discount on the Opening a Bookstore Essential Planning Guide.

Professional Booksellers SchoolProfessional Booksellers School

The Professional Booksellers School’s mission is to provide training, share acquired knowledge, and offer clarification of retail bookselling to save booksellers time, money and aggravation.  Taught by seasoned booksellers, the school opened its first class in 2021 and trains hundreds of booksellers each year.

Core certification courses include Event Management, Inventory Management, Store & Operations Management, and Basic Bookselling. These courses can be taken for certification, or you can audit to access the information and learn. These courses are also available through independent study, providing freedom to learn on your own time schedule. Additional courses currently being offered are Bookstore Finances, and Bookstore Year-One. Courses are being developed for Leadership and Resource Management; and Business Development.

Registration fees discounts are available for members of regional booksellers associations who are PBS donors. Some regional booksellers associations have scholarship programs; check with your association.  The Professional Booksellers School is an independent education non-profit, funded by the publishing and bookselling industry.

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly provides ABA Regular and Provisional member booksellers a free one-year subscription, a $289 value, which includes 52 print + digital issues and premium online access at PublishersWeekly.com. ABA members may subscribe or renew their Publishers Weekly subscription at any time during the year.  Team members at your location are also eligible to receive a free one-year digital subscription. Share this link with anyone on your team who wants access to PublisherWeekly.com and a free digital copy of the magazine.

QuickBooks

Not an accounting expert? Simplify everyday accounting with ABA' s QuickBooks partnership. ABA members who are new to QuickBooks receive 30% off for 6 months (that's 20% more than the standard new member discount). Track income and expenses, send invoices, run reports, and more with QuickBooks various products and plans. To learn more please see ABA's Quickbooks partnership page

Satisfactory Printing

Satisfactory Printing is a locally owned and operated screen printing and design shop based in Athens, Georgia. The company offers complimentary graphic design with each order for T-shirts, tote bags, hats, enamel pins, patches, or just about any type of merch needed.

Booksellers are invited to reach out to Satisfactory Printing to set up a free custom online shop through which to sell products directly to customers. “Just pick your merch, promote your sale, and we'll do the rest,” says Satisfactory Printing.

Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness logoShelf Awareness is dedicated to promoting the success of indie bookstores which is why our leading daily newsletter, Shelf Pro, is focused on what’s happening in the ever-changing world of bookstores, booksellers, publishers and libraries. Sign up for free to get all the news, reviews, contest opportunities and other bookish features.

We also offer free personalized mailings for indie bookstores to help drive your customers to your store and website to purchase books. Our free, store branded e-mails:

  • feature your logo
  • link to your website
  • can pull in your event feed
  • connect to your social media
  • feature buy buttons that can link directly to your e-commerce 

We’ve added further customization to your mailings to help you make it your own, including the ability to highlight some of your favorite books and see the data behind your newsletter to find out what your customers are most interested in. 

Over 200 indie bookstores already use the weekly Shelf Awareness bookstore edition and the monthly Pre-Order E-blast to increase store visibility and connect with customers. Visit our Bookstore Partner page or write to us at bookstores@shelf-awareness.com for more information about the easy sign-up process. 

Square

Square for Retail streamlines your business – so your sales, inventory, purchase orders, customer directory and reports are integrated. The Square for Retail app works with your online Square Dashboard, along with iPad, iPhone, Square Terminal and Square Register, so connecting the dots (while optimizing your business’ profitability) has never been easier. For ABA members, we are offering 25% off Square for Retail Plus for your first 3-month subscription fee, and Free Processing for up to $3,000 in credit card transactions for the first 180 days. Square for Retail American Booksellers Association offer. Offer is valid only for new Square customers and is not transferable.

W.G. Ellerkamp

Supplier of IndieBound natural kraft recycled bags, with or without store customization, as well as reusable totes, biodegradable plastic bags, and specialized gift wrap for bookstores. ABA members receive a 25% discount on shipping.

Biodegradable Plastic Bags

These environmentally-friendly plastic bags offer an inexpensive alternative to paper bags. 

Recycled Paper Shopping Bags

Natural kraft recycled bags with IndieBound designs. Optional customization with your store logo is available.

  • Recycled Buy Local Shopping Bags Natural kraft recycled bags with WG Ellerkamp's exclusive Buy Local designs. Optional customization with your store logo is available.
  • Laminated Reusable Totes Our newly designed, better-quality, more colorful Laminated Reusable Totes with IndieBound designs and Buy Local information in the gussets. Optional customization with you store logo is available.
  • Special Bookstore Gift Wraps Imported directly from Switzerland or specially ordered domestically, these papers are fantastic! Hundreds of other papers are available as well.  All ABA members receive 15% of gift wrap purchases. 
  • Gift Card Folders A 3½" x 4¾" handmade paper folder designed for your store’s gift cards ….or anything else. Optional customization with you store logo is available.
  • Graeham Owens Paper Bookmarks and Journals  Designed exclusively for ABA, these handmade products feature popular IndieBound spirit lines. 

Order from W.G. Ellerkamp  Contact: Jack Ellerkamp, jack@wgellerkamp.com or call 800-805-0012 or 603-924-4000. Remember to mention that you are a member of ABA.

ZingTrain

ZingTrain (Zingerman’s Training) wants you to be the most effective, engaging, and enjoyable place for your customers and staff! Our approach to training shares practical and proven tools to strengthen business systems and build healthy organizational culture.

We have proudly been within the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses for almost 30 years - an organization renowned for customer service, leadership development, company culture, and a unique business model.

At our custom-designed training facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we share the tools, techniques and philosophies that the (now) eleven Zingerman’s businesses have honed for over four decades. There are many ways to engage with us! Attend our in-person seminars. Join live virtual workshops. Coordinate private training for your team. Read books!

Our training is thoughtfully designed to help businesses do meaningful work and drive positive bottom-line results. You will always leave a ZingTrain experience with tangible tools and frameworks to begin putting your learnings into practice right away. We love helping you find the right training to fit your needs and dreams. Learn about specific ABA member discounts and get in touch with us at zingtrain@zingermans.com or simply by calling 734-930-1919.

 

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