The book industry needs a strong and effective representative to act on its behalf in relation to issues that affect the industry as a whole. Helpful cooperation between organisations representing the various sectors of the industry is also vital; particularly with the impact technology is having on the industry.
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) is the industry group that has been actively representing the interests of booksellers in Australia since the early 1900s. The ABA has strong links with other book industy organisations including the Australian Publishers Association.
Australia’s booksellers are a commercially thriving industry, profiting from
technological advances and participating as relevant community parties.
ABA is Australia’s industry organisation for booksellers, providing
advocacy, training, partnerships and commercial benefits to members.
Objectives and Structure of the Association
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) protects and promotes the interests of all booksellers in Australia. The Association has its origins in state associations formed early in the 20th century, which later amalgamated into a federal association.
In 1985 the Association was incorporated in Victoria and now acts as the national body representing Australian booksellers. Members range from small independent bookshops to large chains. The ABA is governed by a Statement of Purposes and Rules, which is available on request.