ABA Offers Free Trial Membership at Spring Forums

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Independent booksellers attending one of the American Booksellers Association’s 2019 Spring Forums are invited to sign up to test drive an ABA membership for free. This offer applies to stores that have not been ABA members in the past two years.

Booksellers can join between March 15 and May 15 to enjoy all the benefits of membership through August 31.

To take advantage of the offer, booksellers will need to attend one of the Spring Forums to receive the promotion code. Between March 15 and May 15, booksellers can enter the code in the new member application on BookWeb.org to sign up for the free trial.

Following the trial period, stores will have the option to convert their membership to regular status until the end of the dues year (January 31, 2020) for a prorated portion of the new member rate of $199.

Booksellers are also invited to sign up for IndieLite, one of ABA’s two e-commerce platforms, between March 15 and April 30 and get the first three months free. For details, e-mail staff@bookweb.org.

ABA’s Spring Forums are presented in conjunction with the regional bookseller associations and are open to ABA members and non-members alike. This year’s education portion, “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without,” to be led by ABA at each of the 10 forums, offers an update on two initiatives critical to the success of any independent bookstore: an active pre-orders campaign and participation in the annual ABACUS financial survey