Inclusion & Diversity in Bookselling



 Diversity Statement

The American Booksellers Association is renewing its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the bookselling industry. We are committed to doing more when it comes to providing education for members to better serve diverse communities, better supporting our diverse bookseller members, bringing diverse bookseller voices into the spotlight, improving the hiring process at the association to bring on more diverse employees, and sharing and celebrating all that makes us unique. We believe diversity and inclusion make our association, our membership, and our industry better.

See ABA’s statement on Black Lives Matter and related antiracism resources.

Bookselling This Week

ABA’s weekly e-newsletter, Bookselling This Week (BTW), provides coverage of ABA events, educational sessions, and industry news. 

Booksellers can visit the Diversity & Inclusion topic in BTW to browse articles on recent events, columns from ABA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, titles selected for the Well-Read Black Girl book club, and more.

BTW welcomes story leads from all bookstores and is especially proud to feature booksellers from underrepresented backgrounds. Booksellers can contact BTW at to share ideas for articles.


ABA revised its Code of Conduct in June 2020 to better reflect the array of people who make up our industry. ABA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience at all ABA in-person and virtual events for everyone.


Bookseller Education

At each event, ABA offers educational sessions on a variety of topics, including many sessions focused on diversity and inclusion. 

Visit BookWeb’s Education Resources page and check the “Diversity & Inclusion” box at the top to watch videos and access materials from sessions on topics like antiracism, the history of Black bookstores in America, representation in publishing, conducting a diversity audit of store inventory, empowering women, and more.

BookWeb login credentials are required to access this content; email for these details.

Social Media

ABA has revised its social media goals to include a stronger focus on centering Black voices, including those of member booksellers as well as authors of Indie Next List or Indies Introduce picks. 

Booksellers are invited to tag ABA in their social media posts, and we will make every effort to share relevant content across ABA’s platforms.

ABA can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age; ethnicity; color; race; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; marital, civil union or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; physical, mental or sensory disability; national, social, or ethnic origin; neurodiversity; pregnancy; family or parental status; and/or genetic information (including family medical history). ABA celebrates and values diversity. We believe diversity and diverse perspectives make our organization stronger and we're committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


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.








Copyright 2019 American Booksellers Association. BookWeb is a registered trademark of ABA.
Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy, Accessibility Statement