Why You Should Join
Independent Booksellers Meeting Together: The B.C. Booksellers Association (BCBA) offers the only opportunity you have to meet together with your fellow independent booksellers from across the province every six months to exchange information and ideas, to enjoy peer support and best practices ideas, and to discuss industry news, issues, concerns, and solutions.
Professional Development: The BCBA offers its members full day programs for professional development at the February Book Fairs. Our seminars include presentations introducing entry level and advanced social media solutions for your business, as well as up-coming trends; panel discussions on current topics with CEOs of major Canadian publishers and informed booksellers; best practices seminars; member participation in round table discussions; and opportunities to build relationships with your fellow booksellers.
Building Industry Partnerships: As the book industry rapidly morphs and changes, presenting independent booksellers with so many challenges, it is apparent to all of us that it is more important than ever that we need to work together. BCBA is committed to building better relationships with our industry partners, publishers and distributors, the Western Book Reps Association, authors, and other groups, thus enabling all of us to help each other to survive and thrive.
Communications: Quarterly e-newsletters keep BCBA members informed and up-to-date with what the Association and its members are doing, circulating industry news, and offering professional development opportunities. Our website offers the public an easy way to find our independent bookstore members across B.C. and provides interesting news and link. Join our Facebook page and become part of the conversation.
Personal Member Support: For new bookstores, the expertise and experience of longer thriving members can be valuable when shared. Long-time book-sellers welcome the enthusiasm and technology know-how of our newer members. Together, we embrace our future challenges by sharpening and celebrating the image of who we are within our own communities.
Management Tools to Help You Get Ahead: BCBA offers opportunities to link with marketing, management tools, and other programs, such as The American Booksellers Association IndieBound initiative, providing advocacy with suppliers and government, and working toward access to new technology markets, that will help grow your business.