Provisional Membership Application


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Individuals interested in, or planning to, open a bookstore

Please note, our membership term is a fixed year from February 1 through January 31.

Please select the top reason you are joining ABA.
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 identity information as you see fit.
Please format "Woman-owned, Black-owned, etc."
ABA receives requests for store lists based on ownership identity by publishers, partners, and the media. Clicking this box ensures your store will appear on these lists shared with them and on our own website and social media.
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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.


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%.

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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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