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Membership Rising

The ABA is increasing its membership - have you thought about joining the best booksellers in Britain?

Why join the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association?

There has been a recent increase in the number of ABA members. It’s clear that these newly-joined booksellers want to emphasise their standing in the trade and to promote their businesses at the highest possible level. As standards drop at the most visible end of our trade - online - booksellers want to send a clear message to their customers that they are as good as it gets when it comes to informed and fair trading. And there’s no better way of doing that than by displaying the badge of the ABA – the oldest rare book trade association in the world.

We also like to think that it’s because the ABA is changing to suit the times.

We’ve streamlined the admissions process and management structure.

We publish the liveliest printed Newsletter in the booktrade.

We run one of the top fairs in the English-speaking world in London well as Chelsea in November, smaller fairs in Edinburgh and Bristol– and we are planning new fairs.

We are constantly upgrading the already impressive back-up services available to members through the ABA’s London office.

All ambitious booksellers want to show the world what they can do.  ABA membership, which requires the highest standards of trading, can help you to achieve this.

ABA full members are affiliates of ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) giving an international dimension to their businesses . This is an invaluable help to those on foreign buying trips or regularly dealing with overseas colleagues.

And, of course, ABA full members have exhibiting opportunities at the world’s best international book fairs. 

We are suggesting that you give us a try – Associate Membership is currently only £120 a year, full membership is £400. Contact the Secretary at the ABA office secretary@aba.org.uk for the application forms.

For more see Benefits of Joining the ABA and Associate Membership.