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Join us - Canadian Independent Booksellers

Welcome to CIBA!

If you are a Canadian Independent Bookseller looking for resources, professional development, networking opportunities, news and updates, and a strong united voice on the issues that matter most to your business you’re in the right place!

As a CIBA Member, you’ll have a chance to:

  • Connect virtually with booksellers peers from across the country to share experience, expertise, and insight through member forums, networking events, and case-study webinars;

  • Collaborate and network with key stakeholders in the wider book and publishing industry; 

  • Have your store listed in CIBA’s Bookseller Member directory;

  • Contact book industry colleagues through CIBA’s directory for Bookseller Members, Affiliates, and Associates;

  • Learn from experts on topics of importance to your business, including sales data, business planning, technology, marketing, events, HR, and more, through our targeted Lectures and Labs series;

  • Receive monthly newsletters providing the latest in book and bookseller news and updates;

  • Access a members-only portal with targeted resources, including the latest COVID news and guidance, sales data and reporting, and more;


Have Your Voice Heard

  • Have a voice on key issues that affect independent booksellers, and representation on federal and regional policy issues. CIBA works to shape and promote discussion on the issues affecting you most, bringing your priorities to the table with a strong, united voice. 

  • Contribute to an association that is building a stronger and more vibrant independent bookselling community in Canada.

Save Time and Money

  • Access group buying opportunities and supplier discounts;

  • Access special BookNet reports and other offerings that can help your business;

  • Access marketing support, including opportunities to participate in shared marketing campaigns and activities;

Who is eligible to join as a Canadian Independent Bookseller Member?

A privately held Canadian owned independent bookseller with one to ten locations selling new books. Canadian independent bookseller members are entitled to one vote at all meetings of members.

The membership application will ask a number of questions about you and your store(s). 

  • Privacy: You can decide what information is kept completely private, shared only with fellow members, or shared with the general public.
  • Additional registrants: CIBA’s membership software will allow you to register additional individuals in your organization as part of your membership bundle
  • Yearly or Monthly: As a Canadian indie you have the option to pay monthly or annually. If you choose the monthly option, you will be charged $1 + your monthly self-assessed dues (a software quirk).
  • Dues: Suggested self-assessed membership dues are based on your store revenue and are kept strictly confidential. Please select suggested annual membership fee based on annual sales of new books, cards, magazines, and calendars - excluding other merchandise or services. This information is kept fully private.
  • Payment options: CIBA’s membership portal accepts payment by VISA, MASTERCARD, or will email you an invoice for payment by cheque. 

Sales Annual Membership Dues
 Monthly Membership Dues
 (new) - $149,999 
$375 $35 
$825 $76 
$1,125 $103 


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We wish to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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