American Booksellers Association
Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members – independently owned bookstores with storefront locations nationwide – through education, information dissemination, business products and services, and advocacy. ABA exists to protect and promote the interests of independent retail book businesses, as well as to protect the First Amendment rights of every American. The Association actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that support local and independent retail shops. A volunteer board of ten booksellers governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
Certain programs and benefits available to ABA members are managed and administered by Booksellers Order Services, Inc. (BOS), a for-profit holding company owned by the American Booksellers Association. BOS operates two subsidiary companies: Book Sense, Inc. and LIBRIS. Book Sense, Inc. administers the IndieCommerce program; efforts regarding publisher-sponsored promotions for independent bookstores; The White and Red Box mailings; the Indie Next List program; and the Advance Access program. LIBRIS administers the LIBRIS insurance program.