Membership

19 Sep
Liz Roberts and Daniel O'Brien of the Membership Relations Department

ABA Membership Department Offers Plentiful Resources for Prospective Bookstore Owners

In the past year, 83 potential store owners from more than 20 states have signed up as provisional members with ABA, a popular membership option for people looking to open a bookstore.

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18 Sep

ABA Governance Review Committee Seeks Bookseller Input

As part of the association’s periodic assessment process, ABA’s Governance Review Committee is inviting booksellers to participate in a survey.

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14 Sep

ABA Board Nomination Process Underway

A nominee for the Board of Directors must be a current owner or employee of an ABA member independent bookstore and have at least three years of recent experience as owner or employee.

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10 Sep

Want to Serve on ABA’s Board of Directors? Here’s Your Chance!

Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2019; self-nominations are also welcome.

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05 Sep
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ABA Nominating Committee Opens Call for Board Candidates

Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2019; self-nominations are also welcome.

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15 Aug

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

“Booksellers often ask me about what the board is working on and what the job of the board is,” writes Sindelar. “Nothing explains this better than our work each summer.”

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06 Aug

A Few Spots Remain for “Bookstore Boot Camp” Workshop Retreat

The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates will host “Owning a Bookstore: The Business Essentials,” a workshop retreat for new and prospective owners, from August 26-29 on Amelia Island in Florida.

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30 Jul

Free ABA Membership Trial Offer Available at Fall Regional Trade Shows

Until November 1, non-member booksellers will have the chance to test-drive membership in the American Booksellers Association for free by signing up at one of the 2018 fall shows or on ABA’s website.

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05 Mar

Free Print/Digital Subscription to Publishers Weekly for ABA Bookseller Members

Publishers Weekly continues to offer ABA member booksellers a free one-year subscription to print issues, special editions, and online premium content.

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20 Feb

ABA Offers Free Trial Membership at Spring Forums

Booksellers attending one of the upcoming Spring Forums are invited to sign up to test drive an ABA membership through August 31.

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29 Jan
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It’s ABA Dues Renewal Time!

The current membership year ends January 31, 2018, so booksellers are encouraged to submit their renewal as soon as possible to avoid a break in ABA benefits. The renewal process only takes a minute.

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08 Dec
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It’s Time to Renew Your ABA Dues!

As we approach the end of the calendar year — and before the busy season becomes too hectic — consider crossing one thing off your to-do list: renew or update your ABA membership now.

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19 Jun

Welcome to ABA, Island Books & Crafts!

This installment of Bookselling This Week’s new series “Welcome to ABA!” features Island Books & Crafts in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, which joined the association earlier this year.

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06 Jun

Bookstores Win Raffle for Elephant & Piggie Spinner, Signed Books

Scattered Books and Hearthside Books are the winners of two special prizes raffled off at BookExpo by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.

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02 Jun

ABA Town Hall: Booksellers Discuss Diversity, Membership, and Programs for New Stores

Preceding the Annual Meeting at BookExpo, ABA member booksellers shared their comments, questions, and concerns about a range of topics with the association’s Board.

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