New Regular Membership Application - New Member*

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* New store or not an ABA member during the previous two years. 

Renew your membership here.

For membership questions, contact a Member Relationship Manager.
A copy of ABA's Code of Conduct can be found at this link, ABA Code of Conduct.
Please select the top reason you are joining ABA.
Please add the names and emails of the additional store co-owners.
The ABA routinely sends emails to the main contact regarding events, membership dues, and surveys about the store.
Please complete with the Main Contact for the store
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Upon joining the ABA, members have the opportunity to sign-up for IndieCommerce, ABA’s state-of-the-art e-commerce platform enables ABA members to create unique, content-rich, easy-to-operate, and fully transactional and customizable e-commerce websites. The IndieCommerce database consists of more than 10 million in-print titles and more than four million ebooks and audiobooks. The entire system is supported by ABA's experienced development and customer support team. Please visit for additional information.
Does your store have a different shipping address?
Please include this information for each location: Address, Main Contact, Email, Phone, Store Opened Date, Square Footage
The following questions help inform ABA Education Sessions. Please estimate the square feet of the entire store including offices, storage areas, and cafe or bar space if applicable.
Please estimate to the best of your ability the consumer space of the store, excluding offices, storage areas, and cafe or bar space
If your store open date is more than 3 months in the future, please submit a Provisional Member Application
What is your point of sale system?
If you are a member of your Regional Association please select the applicable association.
Does your store carry non-book inventory? Non-Book inventory includes but is not limited to gifts, toys, and store-branded merchandise. Excluded from non-book inventory are books in all formats, paper gift certificates, magazines, calendars, and food products. More information about ABA Dues can be found here,
What is the percentage of non-book sales from total sales?
Does your store carry children's books (board books, young reader, middle grade, YA)?
What is the percentage of children's book sales from total sales?
Does your store host events? Select all that apply
Does your store have a certain brand or identity? In order to be a store specialty 75% or more of your book inventory is dedicated to this genre(s).
The following are the most-reported Ownership Identity types received by ABA. We recognize some aspects of an individual's identity can be nuanced and/or fluid. Please make use of the write-in field at the bottom of the form to provide any additional identify information as you see fit.
Shared publicly: such as lists of bookstores that identify in certain ways — on our website and social media, and with publishers, press, the public, and other partners.
This description can be viewed by consumers in ABA's store directory.
These answers are for ABA staff use. If you are an existing store, how has the change in consumer habits due to Covid-19 affected your business?

Please contribute to ABFE (American Booksellers for Free Expression) to support the important work of protecting free speech and fighting censorship.

The ABC Children’s Group is dedicated to growing and expanding the reach of children’s books.

*Requires signed Direct Payment Authorization Agreement. ** By making payments via credit card, you are authorizing ABA to store your credit card details for future payments on this site.
Stores are not eligible to use quarterly or monthly payment options when using an active promo code.

Please note: Dues paid to the ABA are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. ABA estimates that the non-deductible portion of your dues –  i.e. the portion which is allocable to lobbying – is 5.2%.

Payment will not be deducted until application is processed by ABA staff.

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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