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Who We Are

For almost 125 years, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) has been the guiding voice for independently-owned bookstores. Founded in 1900, ABA is a national not-for-profit trade organization that supports the success of independent bookstores. This success is assisted through education, information dissemination, business services, programming, technology, and advocacy. ABA's membership has evolved over the years, and our members are more diverse,  involved in community, and act as guiding forces in locales around the country. The total number of independent bookstores we represent is 2,500+.

ABA is governed by a volunteer board that is elected by the membership. In addition to the Board of Directors service, members also serve on a number of advisory councils, including the ABA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council (DEIC) in support of ABA’s commitment to antiracism, representation, equity, and access. 


Governance and Finances

Board of Directors

Annual Report

Councils, Committees, and Task Forces



Reference Documents

Membership Meeting Reports

Community Forum/Annual Meeting

The ABA hosts an annual meeting via Zoom on the third Thursday of each May. Throughout the year, ABA also hosts several opportunities (Community Forums and Office Hours) for members to share concerns and issues pertaining to the industry directly with the Board. Community Forums occur twice a year — in-person at Winter Institute in February and on Zoom immediately following the annual meeting. Board Office Hours are held quarterly. These meetings are advertised in BTW and appear on the ABA Events Calendar.

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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