ABA Ends Policies

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ABA Ends Policies

The American Booksellers Association exists so that its core membership of independent bookstores can operate successfully and constitute a vital channel in the U.S. book market.

This will be achieved at a level that justifies the resources invested while ensuring the association’s long-term financial sustainability. 

This will be done in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to antiracism, equity, access, and representation. 

ABA prioritizes education, promotion, advocacy, partnerships, and operational support. 

We envision:

  1. Core members will have resources to be successful, including: skills, technology, community, and support of their right to freedom of expression.
  2. Booksellers will have access to resources to support their work and welfare.
  3. The general public will have an awareness and understanding of the value of independent bookstores. 
  4. Book industry partners will view all independent bookstores as vital and valued, and will view booksellers as professionals.
  5. Legal and regulatory policies will reflect the interests of bookstores.


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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