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Who We Are

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. ABA’s core members are key participants in their communities' local economy and culture, and to assist them ABA provides education, information dissemination, business products, and services; creates relevant programs; and engages in public policy, industry, and local first advocacy. A volunteer board of 13 booksellers governs the Association. Member booksellers also serve on the ABA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEIC) in support of ABA's commitment to anti-white supremacy, antiracism, representation, equity, and dignity for all Peoples. ABA is headquartered in White Plains, NY. 

Certain programs and benefits available to ABA members are managed and administered by Booksellers Order Services, Inc. (BOS), a for-profit holding company owned by the American Booksellers Association. BOS operates two subsidiary companies: Book Sense, Inc. and LIBRIS Indemnity Company, which manages a portfolio of business insurance policies for bookstores. Book Sense, Inc. administers the IndieCommerce program; efforts regarding publisher-sponsored promotions for independent bookstores; the Indie Next List program; and the Advance Access program.

Governance and Finances

Board of Directors

Councils, Committees, and Task Forces


Reference Documents

Membership Meeting Reports

Town Hall Meeting Fliers

Town Hall/Annual Meeting Video Recordings

Consolidated Financial Statements (including independent auditors' report)

ABA Tax Form 990

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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