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The American Booksellers Association exists so that its core membership of independent bookstores can operate successfully as sustainable businesses 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 also will be done in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to antiracism, equity, access, and representation.
The ABA has four broad tasks — education, promotion, partnership, and advocacy. Accordingly, the association will work to ensure that:
1. Core members have the necessary skills, education, technology, community (including other independent businesses), and resources to be successful and financially sustainable.
1(a). Core members have the resources in support of their right to freedom of expression.
1(b). Core members understand that the welfare of all booksellers is essential to sustainability.
1(c). All booksellers have the necessary resources to enable them to succeed.
2. The general public have an awareness and understanding of the cultural and economic value of independent bookstores.
3. The book industry views independent bookstores as vital and valued partners.
4. Legal and regulatory policies reflect the interests of independent bookstores in such areas as antitrust action and small business assistance.
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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