American Booksellers Association (ABA)
The ABA supports independent booksellers (including sellers of used books and online bookstores). Publishers can also join as affiliate members accessing services including promotions to bookstores. It has 1,700 members with stores in 2,100 locations.
American Library Association (ALA)
ALA has divisions focused on different library environments (schools, college & research, public etc). It has 55,000 members including trustees, publishers, and other library supporters (statistical breakdown of members – https://www.ala.org/membership/membershipstats_files/divisionstats). HQ in Chicago.
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Represents around 130 US book, journal, and educational publishers. HQ in Washington DC.
Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR)
HQ in NYC, the AAR represents over 400 professional literary and dramatic agents.
Association of University Presses (AUP)
Formerly known as the Association of American University Presses, the association has now rebranded itself to reflect its global membership. Headquartered in NYC, the AUP has more than 150 nonprofit scholarly publishing members.
Book Industry Study Group (BISG)
Membership includes publishers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and librarians (175 companies/organisations) and is concerned with creating an effective and efficient supply chain. BISG maintains and implements standardised best practices and shares research and information on market trends and issues.
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
IBPA has over 3,600 members, made up of independent publishers, small presses, and self-published authors. HQ in California.
Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing – including publishers, printers, e-product developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. HQ in New Jersey.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
CCC is not a trade association but is the Reprographic Rights Organisation for the publishing sector in the US. They manage secondary licensing for publishers in the US and sell licenses globally for access to content.
Trade Press and online newsletters
The review journal of the American Library Association (ALA)
An unique independent book-review publication founded during the Great Depression by the entrepreneurial Virginia Kirkus. It began life as a service for booksellers, but librarians soon became its main constituency. It was rescued from closure in 2009, since when the magazine’s circulation has more than doubled.
Print and online trade magazine focusing on a library audience. Covers book reviews as well as news, features and editorial on topics relevant to public and academic librarians.
Website and daily newsletter covering book reviews, news, and features about literary fiction.
Incorporating Publishers Marketplace, Publishers Lunch is a great resource to find out about the rights market in the US. It also covers headline news and provides a jobs board.
Owned by the Frankfurt Book fair, Publishing Perspectives is run out of the US, but is a daily newsletter covering top news and features from the publishing industry around the world.
A series of daily newsletters (some subscription, some free) about various aspects of the trade publishing industry in the USA. The website contains a variety of news and announcements. Also covers some international news, particularly trade fairs.
Daily email newsletter and website describing itself as a ‘moderated and independent blog’, focused on topics and issues around scholarly publishing and communication. Established by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP).
School Library Journal
Print and online trade publication focused on K-12 school libraries, classrooms, and public libraries. Covers industry news, books and reviews, and editorial features.
Website and daily newsletter about books and the book industry in the US.
Velocity of Content
Blog posts and podcasts from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) on topical issues related to both US and global publishing – mainly focused on copyright, licensing, and scholarly publishing.
ABA Winter Institute
Annual 4-day industry event that moves to different cities in the USA. Featuring education programmes, workshops, author events, and speed dating with publishers.
ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition
The ALA annual conference takes place in the summer every year in a different US city. Many publishers exhibit alongside library supply companies to reach the US public library market. A similar Winter event takes place, although this has been online during the Covid period.
An annual conference focused on the scholarly publishing community.
Digital Book World
Annual conference and exhibition focus on innovations in publishing.
New York Comic Con
Comic Cons take place all over the US, however this is one of the most prominent, focused on the graphic novel and fan market. This is a consumer facing event rather than a traditional B2B book fair.
US Book Show
Initiated by Publishers Weekly, the US Book Show premiered in 2020 in response to Reed Exhibitions’ calling time on BookExpo America. The first 2 episodes have taken place online only and have been centered around indie booksellers as an audience as well as book loving consumers.