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Step into ABO

ABO stands for the Association of Bookstore Owners . We serve a vibrant community spanning Colorado, California, Nevada New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and northern Virginia. But hey, even if your store is beyond our borders, you’re still invited to join us! Many stores opt in for our enriching programs and abundant resources. And guess what? Bookstores can even be part of multiple regional trade associations if they wish.

Our close pals include Association of Bookstore Owners – UK and Association of Bookstore Owners – Australia.

Eager to hop aboard? Dive into our membership categories below!

Bookstore / Bookseller

Any independent business within our region primarily focused on selling books, whether through a fixed physical location or a consistent mobile presence and those who are in the planning phase of opening a physical or transient bookstore

Publisher / Vendor

All publishers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and their representatives having regular business dealings with independent retail booksellers are eligible for Associate (non-voting) membership.

ABO extends a warm welcome to authors whose works grace the shelves of independent bookstores.

  • A complimentary promotional feature in the ABO newsletter, ensuring your work reaches our engaged audience.
  • Access to a curated list of regional bookstores, facilitating connections with potential venues for readings, signings, and collaborations.
  • An exhibitor discount for our Annual Conference, providing valuable opportunities for networking and showcasing your latest creations.

Join ABO and elevate your presence in the vibrant world of independent bookselling. Talk to a Literary Agent from any of our trusted organizations for membership qualifications and requirements.