Independent Booksellers


Welcome Canadian Booksellers! CBA is now officially a part of Retail Council of Canada's MyStore community. Check out the quick links below to find out what MySTORE means for Canada’s vibrant book community!

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MySTORE Special Bookseller Buyer's Guide 

Booksellers from across the country have named their selections for the winter sales season in the MySTORE Winter 2014 Bookseller Buyer's Guide


View the 2014 Libris Awards Winners

The Libris Awards recognize the extraordinary professionals who deliver great books to Canadian readers. They are nominated and voted on by members of the Canadian bookselling community. The Libris Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by authors and editors, sales reps and distributors, booksellers and publishers.

Congratulations to Stuart McLean, who has been named the winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. McLean was praised for his many books, particularly the beloved Vinyl Café series (as well as radio show). Former winners of the award include Timothy Findlay, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and Stephen King.

Celebrating Excellence in Canada's Book Industry

The ability to adapt to the ever-changing bookselling landscape is perhaps any bookseller’s strongest asset. RCC helped celebrate the innovation and creativity that drives the bookselling industry at the 2014 Libris Awards. Read more.


Insights from the ABA Winter Institute 2014

RCC's SVP Andrew Siegwart attended the American Bookseller Association’s (ABA) Winter Institute conference in Seattle, Washington. Sessions and speakers included both motivational keynote addresses by authors and practical how-to workshops for booksellers. To read about the insights and lessons learned at the ABA Winter Institute 2014, click here

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Independents Matter

Promote the benefits of shopping at independently-owned stores

Independents Matter is a national grassroots campaign with a community focus created by Canadian Booksellers Association to encourage booksellers to celebrate their independence and promote the benefits of shopping locally at independently-owned stores. Independents Matter is part of a momentum-gaining movement in support of the idea that shopping locally offers the best value, the best retail experience and the best support for vibrant, vital and prosperous communities.

Top reasons to shop at your local, independent bookstore:
1. Local bookstores build community character, contributing to the distinct flavour and entertainment value of a neighbourhood.
2. Local booksellers offer personalized service and recommend books with expertise, passion and unique insight into the tastes and interests of the community.
3. Local bookstores support local causes—your teams, schools, charities and arts organizations.
4. Money spent at your local bookstore helps sustain the local economy and create local jobs.
5. Local bookstores offer you more choices—especially Canadian and regional choices.
6. Local bookstores are literary and cultural hubs, bringing members of your community together to discuss books, exchange ideas and meet authors.

Marketing Material (Print and display in your store!)
11 x 17 Discover Independent (Blue)
11 x 17 Discover Independent (Green)
11x17 Discover your independents (Multi)
11x 17 Discover Quote (Dennis Lee)
11x17 Discover Quote (Nino Ricci)

National Book & Publishing Industry Organizations

Directory for booksellers

Access Copyright was founded by Canadian creators and publishers to meet the needs of users of Copyright protected works, while ensuring fair compensation for that use.

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada promotes interest in rare books, and its members actively buy, sell, evaluate and appraise antiquarian and modern books and manuscripts.

Association of Canadian Book Wholesalers is dedicated to excellence in the distribution of books in Canada and internationally. Its members specialize in service, speed and having the inventory booksellers need. They concentrate on fulfillment, distribution and marketing news for fast-moving titles from all publishers.

Association of Canadian Publishers represents Canadian-owned book publishers, with members from all provinces, and publishing sectors including literary, general trade, scholarly and education. In all its activities, the ACP aims to encourage the writing, publishing, distribution and promotion of Canadian books.

Association for the Export of Canadian Books is an industry association that assists Canadian book publishers develop and increase their sales in international markets by providing market intelligence as well as financial, promotional and logistical support.

Book & Periodical Council is the umbrella organization for associations involved in the writing and editing, publishing and manufacturing, distribution, and selling and lending of books and periodicals in Canada.

Book Promoters Association of Canada was formed to raise the public and industry profile of book promotion, and to reward and encourage BPAC members and potential members through various awards.

Book Publishers’ Professional Association aims to provide a meeting ground and a resource to professionals in various facets of the Canadian book trade. They organize informative programs and events for members of the publishing community looking to expand their knowledge, skills and industry contacts.

BookNet Canada is the not-for-profit agency responsible for driving technology innovation for Canadian publishers, distributors and booksellers great and small.

Canada Council for the Arts offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts and integrated arts. It also seeks to raise public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.

Canadian Authors Association is Canada’s national writing organization. Founded in 1921, the CAA has played a key role in the support and development of the Canadian writing community.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre (The) is a national not-for-profit organization and registered charity, founded in 1976 to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens.

Canadian ISBN Agency (The) was established by The National Library of Canada in 1975 to assign an ISBN to each published title, thus providing that title with its own, unduplicated, internationally recognized “identity”.

Canadian Library Association is a not-for-profit organization, serving as the national voice of the Canadian library and information community and delivering a range of value-added services to professional librarians, library technicians, and the organizations that employ them.

Canadian Publishers’ Council represents the interests of publishing companies that publish books and other media for elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and reference markets, the retail and library sectors.

Crime Writers of Canada is a national organization for Canadian crime writers, associated professionals, and anyone else with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Its mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers from coast to coast.

Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.

Editors’ Association of Canada (The) promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Their 1,700 members, both salaried and freelance, work with individuals in the corporate, technical, government, non-profit and publishing sectors.

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing books and children together. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953, IBBY now has more than 80 National Sections from all over the world.

League of Canadian Poets (The) is the national association of professional publishing and spoken word poets in Canada. Its purpose is to enhance the status of poets and nurture a professional poetic community to facilitate the teaching of Canadian poetry at all levels of education and to develop the audience for poetry by encouraging publication, performance and recognition of Canadian poetry nationally and internationally.

Literary Press Group of Canada (The) is a not-for-profit association of Canadian literary book publishers. Its mandate is to foster the survival, growth and maintenance of Canadian owned and operated publishing houses.

National Association of College Stores (The) is the professional trade association representing the collegiate retailing industry. NACS ensures the health and vitality of higher education retailers through education and research, the provision of critical programs and services, and the development of strategic partnerships that enable members to better serve their customers.

PEN Canada works on behalf of writers, at home and abroad, who have been forced into silence for writing the truth as they see it. Its Centre has between 25-30 Honorary Members in many countries around the world on whose behalf the organization works so that their voices can be heard once again.

Playwrights Guild of Canada is a national association, which represents the interests of professional playwrights and promotes their work nationally and internationally. Playwrights Guild of Canada is a leader in defining where Canadian Theatre is today, and will be in the future.

Writers’ Trust of Canada (The) provides a level of financial support to writers unmatched by any other non-governmental organization. Through its various initiatives, the Writers’ Trust celebrates and rewards the talents and achievements of Canada’s novelists, short story writers, poets, biographers, and other non-fiction writers.

Writers Union of Canada (The) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1973 to support and advocate on behalf of Canada’s book published authors. The Union has more than 1,600 members.

If you represent a national professional organization related to the book retail industry that you think should be included in this list, please contact to ensure your group is featured.

Independent Testimony

Authors tell us why they love their local Independent

"Long before I was a novelist, I was an independent bookseller, working at Toronto's Bakka Books--and ever since, I've made a point of supporting independents whenever I can; they are the heart and soul of the Canadian book trade, the people who are in it for the love of good books.  There's nowhere I'd rather spend an afternoon than browsing in one of Canada's many fine independent bookstores."
- Robert J. Sawyer

“Long before Canadian writers became known internationally, the independent booksellers were devoted to encouraging Canadian readers and Canadian writers, and committed to forging the bond between them."
-  Jane Urquhart

“I revere and celebrate the independents because they are about literature, not merchandising, and hence stand in spiritual opposition to the times—much like the best of the books they carry.”
- Steven Heighton

“Independent bookstores have a relationship with their customers built on trust and respect. This work is personal, as personal as writing is to an author.
- Donna Morrissey