The first quarter of 2019 saw 12 ABA member store openings and seven sales of existing businesses to new owners. Among the openings are a bilingual bookstore and community space, the signature bookstore for a literature nonprofit, a children’s bookstore, and new branches of established bookstores.
A look inside Dickens Children’s Books and Publishing Lab
Blue Manatee Literacy Project (Formerly Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore)
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.