Great Lakes Independent 
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American Booksellers Association ( )
Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members of independently owned bookstores with retail storefront locations through advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination. The ABA actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. The ABA is headquartered in Tarrytown , New York , and is located on the web at The association also hosts the annual ABA Convention in conjunction with BookExpo America each spring. The ABA is the sponsor of IndieBound, a socially conscious movement in support of Independent businesses, starting with independent bookstores. Independently owned ABA-member bookstores are automatically part of IndieBound, with access to in-store and community outreach materials created by ABA.
IndieBound includes the Indie Bestsellers list, the Indie Next list, marketing materials, and For more information on the American Booksellers Association, e-mail:, visit, call (800) 637-0037, fax (914) 591-2720, or write to ABA, 200 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, NY 10591.

ABA Book Buyer's Handbook (
Updated on an on-going basis online and available, for a fee, as an annual print-on-demand edition. Available only to ABA members, the Book Buyer's Handbook features publishers' discount schedules, returns policies, trade terms, and more.

ABA ’s Opening a Bookstore kit
This kit  includes information on how the American Booksellers Association can help when you are beginning to think about opening a bookstore or purchasing an existing one.

ABA ’s ABACUS Study (
Each year ABA gathers financial data from member bookstores for the ABACUS Study, which provides operational benchmarks for independent booksellers by measuring business operations by sales volume, store size, region, and more. back

Bookselling This Week (

Weekly online newsletter containing industry-wide news of interest to booksellers, breaking news, upcoming ABA programs, features on member bookstores, author tour info, forthcoming book reviews, media appearances, classified, etc.

ABA ’s Low-Cost Group Programs (
All ABA members have access to a wide range of business management services which include: LIBRIS Casualty and Property Insurance, Bank of America Credit Card Processing, FedEx Small Shipment Freight Program, and other services. The savings you may realize from these business services can substantially offset your ABA membership dues. You can't lose when you take advantage of these programs and choose ABA as a partner! back

ABA ’s Educational Opportunities (
Throughout the year, and culminating at the annual ABA convention held in conjunction with BookExpo America (, ABA offers educational programming that will help you be a better bookseller and a better businessperson. ABA holds the Winter Institute ( -- an education event in January free to ABA member booksellers. Every Spring, ABA adds education sessions to their Spring Forums. Every Fall, in conjunction with the regional bookseller associations, ABA sponsors a series of educational programs at each show.

ABA ’s Networking Opportunities (
The annual ABA Convention, held in conjunction with BookExpo America , a preeminent international event in the world of books, provides a unique opportunity to network with your colleagues, as well as attend panels, workshops, and roundtables focusing on the latest industry developments. ABA sponsors “Hotel ABA” – an exclusive hotel for ABA member booksellers attending BEA. ABA also holds special events and sends board and staff around the country to provide a forum for booksellers to meet and speak their minds. back

ABA has a Strong Voice in Washington and the Industry (
Critical decisions that could drastically affect your business are made constantly in Washington , D.C. , and in the publishing community. Having ABA as your advocate assures you and your fellow booksellers that a strong, unified message will be delivered, whether the issue is the tax code, the First Amendment, or the equitable treatment of all book retailers by publishers.

IndieCommerce, ABA's E-commerce Solution ( provides an array of resources to help booksellers market, sell, and answer questions about ebooks. (An IndieCommerce user name and password is needed to access ebook marketing materials.) IndieCommerce available to any ABA member bookstore whether brick and mortar or online only looking to sell books, e-books, and other merchandise online, and to become part of IndieCommerce network of independent bookstores online (including for sales from readers visiting, since December 2010, ABA member stores with IndieCommerce websites are firmly in the digital game, with the ability to sell Google eBooks™ online. 

Above the Treeline Online Inventory Management System
Above the Treeline is a revolutionary web-based system designed to help bookstores improve finances by optimizing inventory selection and turns. Among its many benefits, it allows booksellers to spot sales trends and to measure store performance. The set-up fee is waived for  ABA members setting up new accounts, and all ABA members receive 10% off the standard monthly fee. Contact
ATL directly for information or to request a demo.

The Children’s Book Council The Children’s Book Council is the national nonprofit trade association for children’s trade book publishers. The CBC offers children’s publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. The members span the spectrum from large international houses to smaller independent presses. Membership in the CBC is open to U.S. publishers of children’s trade books, as well as in some cases to industry-affiliated companies. For more information contact 212.966.1990 or

Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
2113 Roosevelt, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
 (734) 340-6397

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