The deadline for bookstores to renew and update their membership in the American Booksellers Association for the year February 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015, is March 1. Reminder notices were e-mailed to booksellers last week.
Dues can be paid in full by ACH, credit card, or check, or on a monthly or quarterly basis by ACH or credit card. The ABA dues schedule is available here. If a store that pays its dues on a monthly basis does not provide ABA with updated information by March 1, its current monthly payment will remain in effect.
The renewal form includes an opt-in to the ABC Children’s Group at ABA. Membership in the ABC Group does not roll over year-to-year, and there is a separate yearly $50 fee. Booksellers can also choose to support the crucial First Amendment work of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression by adding a tax-deductible donation on the renewal form.
Dues must be renewed by March 1 to ensure a store’s uninterrupted access to ABA education, special events, and networking opportunities; business products and services; complimentary BEA badges; IndieBound; IndieCommerce; industry news; Kobo eBooks and eReading devices; marketing designs; publisher promotions; advocacy efforts; and more.
Questions about dues renewal should be directed to a bookstore’s ABA Member Relationship Manager by phone or e-mail.