The American Booksellers Association
) is a non-profit trade association
founded in 1900 that promotes independent bookstores
in the United States. ABA's core members are key participants in their communities' local economy and culture, and to assist them ABA creates relevant programs; provides education, information, business products, and services; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy. The Association actively supports and defends free speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans through the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
. A volunteer board of 10 booksellers governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in White Plains, New York
The ABA sponsored the Book Sense
marketing program and associated BookSense.com web site, intended to preserve a connection between consumers and local independent bookstores. In June 2008, Book Sense was replaced by IndieBound, a new program and website.