Membership

NEIBA Membership

The New England Independent Booksellers Association is the trade association for the retail book industry in New England. Serving independent booksellers for 38 years.

NEIBA enjoys the loyalty and active participation of enthusiastic members who support the organization’s mission: “to further the success of professional independent booksellers in New England and to foster a vital and supportive bookselling community.”

PURPOSE

NEIBA promotes independent bookselling in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) through an annual trade show, educational programming, print and electronic publications and a variety of other resources and promotional programs. NEIBA is governed by an elected Board of Officers that meets regularly with the Advisory Council and Executive Director.

The membership year runs from July 1 through June 30.

You can join by mail or online. To Join by mail download, print forms:

FULL MEMBERSHIP FORM (pdf)

LIBRARY/SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP FORM (pdf)

(PDF – download, print, return with payment)

Please return to:
NEIBA
1955 Massachusetts Avenue, #2
Cambridge, MA 02140

See Our Join US page to join online.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to individuals and organizations involved in the marketing, distribution and retail sale of books in New England. Booksellers, publishers, sales representatives, wholesalers, vendors of bookstore supplies and services and prospective booksellers are members. NEIBA welcomes members from outside New England.

Dues are $150 per full membership for storefront independent bookstores
& New England Sales Reps.

Benefits of full membership include:

  • Four free admissions to the trade show
  • A vote on all matters of business brought to the general membership
  • A subscription to the weekly NEIBA News E-Newsletter
  • A subscription to the members-only list serve
  • Bookstores are able to order a quantity of Holiday Catalogs free of charge & have imprinted for a small fee.
  • A listing of your independent bookstore on the NEIBA website and links to independent member stores’ sites
  • Posting of your industry classifieds on the NEIBA website
  • Reduced fees for NEIBA – sponsored educational seminars
  • Free consultation and mentoring from professional booksellers
  • Promotional materials for the New England Book Awards

Dues are $175 per membership for publishers, wholesalers, vendors of
bookstore supplies and services and prospective booksellers

Benefits of full membership include:

  • Four free admissions to the trade show
  • A subscription to the weekly NEIBA News E-Newsletter
  • A subscription to the members-only list serv
  • A listing of your company on the NEIBA website
  • Posting of your industry classifieds on the NEIBA website
  • Reduced fees for NEIBA – sponsored educational seminars

Dues are $160 per membership for Libraries and Schools

Benefits of associate membership include:

  • Two free admissions to the trade show
  • A subscription to the weekly NEIBA News E-Newsletter
  • A listing on the NEIBA website
  • Reduced fees for NEIBA – sponsored educational seminars

PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES

Annual Meeting and Fall Conference: This three-day, annual Fall gathering is the highlight of the NEIBA year. The conference includes bookseller education, networking, author events and the Awards Banquet. Publisher displays and presentations of new Fall and Winter titles are featured. The Annual Meeting presents attendees with an open forum and for voting members to approve the association’s annual budget.

NEIBA Holiday Catalog: To promote giving books as gifts during the holidays, 700,000, full-color catalogs are distributed by bookstores and newspapers, to consumers throughout New England and New York. The catalog showcases regional titles as well as national bestsellers and children’s books.

New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council (NECBA): Open to any member actively involved in children’s bookselling. The Council meets three times a year to discuss titles, authors, products and trends, specific to children’s bookselling and publishing.

All About the Books: Unique events held two or three times a year, offering booksellers an opportunity to hear authors talk about, and read from, their forthcoming books. The mornings are devoted to the authors and the afternoon provides education.

Education: Workshops and retreats focusing on topics of professional interest, such as Careers in Bookselling, Book Buying, and Events, are held during the year at various New England locations.

Peer Review Program: In-store visits from fellow booksellers who will assist with budgeting, merchandising, buying, coop, staffing and general operations. Website Peer Reviews are also offered.

NEIBA Shop Local Grants: Established to help members develop effective local independent business alliances within their communities and give them the tools to shift consumer culture toward supporting locally- owned, independent businesses.

New England Book Awards: NEIBA sponsors this annual recognition of New England literary talent in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. The Awards are presented at the Awards Banquet held during the Fall Conference.

Regional Bestseller List: In collaboration with the American Booksellers Association, NEIBA publishes the Indie Bestseller List based on sales from participating stores in New England and New York. The list is published each week in the Boston Sunday Globe.

newenglandbooks.org: NEIBA’s website serves the professional and organizational needs of the members of the association and promotes industry and public appreciation of the diversity of independent bookselling in New England.

Resource Center: The NEIBA office acts as a resource center by providing information about the retail book industry in New England to members, the media and the general public.

Networking: NEIBA membership offers booksellers and other book industry personnel easy access to a network of professional connections. The NEIBA listserv reaches members instantly with time-sensitive announcements and news.

Independent Bookstore Advocacy: NEIBA advocates for a level playing field for all book retailers and promotes media and public awareness of the importance of independent bookstores to our communities and to our culture.

The Right to Read: Joining with other organizations and groups in working for literacy and First Amendment rights, NEIBA serves as an advocate for the rights of booksellers and the general public.