Why Become a Member
Each independent book retailer is uniquely independent. The American Booksellers Association is the common connection to the larger book industry. Backed by the strength of its membership, ABA gives voice to thousands of booksellers, influencing publishers and advocating for small businesses. ABA events and workshops bring members together, creating communities that learn, network, and form bonds. ABA member resources offer support and solutions for the day-to-day operations of today’s independent bookseller.
ABA's core membership consists of businesses that primarily sell books in the physical world and create community through bookselling. This includes traditional bookstores, pop up bookstores, mobile stores, book event businesses, and other non-traditional bookselling that’s primarily conducted in the physical world. That said, any business engaged in the retail sale of books can apply to be a bookstore member (benefit distinctions apply). There are also member categories for publishers, vendors, and friends of the industry.
Benefit details and membership categories are below.