Membership Information

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Independent Bookstore Member

Independent bookstores in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you own or manage a store outside of these states and are interested in membership, please email us to express your interest.​


Dues are $150 annually

  • Enjoy our free in-person and virtual programming throughout the year, where you can meet publishers, authors, and booksellers; market your store to the industry; and learn indispensable skills 
  • Receive the many benefits of our annual print and digital Winter Catalog, which many booksellers call their biggest marketing piece of the year: free copies and reduced customization and distribution costs
  • Free custom store art drawn by Kevin Cannon, which includes the following: a listing in our Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and Shopping Guide and the opportunity to upgrade to a deluxe art package with custom features
  • New stores announced to the trade in our weekly industry newsletter
  • Receive our weekly industry newsletter and Midwest Indie Bestseller List, including the Midwest Title Alert, current publisher promotions to save you money, and more 
  • Weekly newsletter about member stores, bookselling ideas, new developments in the industry, and our programming  
  • Join our members-only private Facebook group
  • Camaraderie and influence within the entire Midwest region​
Join as Independent Bookstore Member

Book Industry Member

Anyone in the book industry who does business with independent booksellers: Publishers, wholesalers, distributors, rep groups, point-of-sale systems, and other book-related organizations

Dues are $175 annually

  • Free listings in our industry events calendar
  • Free “classic feature” in our weekly newsletter to use any time during the year
  • Free up-do-date bookseller ARC info, including contact info and preferred genres
  • Listing in our industry member gallery
  • Current list of member bookstore owners upon request
  • Gain access to our members-only year-round events and programs in the form of author placement, sales rep participation, education partnerships, and submitting your titles to our annual book awards
  • Our industry newsletter and Midwest Indie Bestseller list is delivered to your inbox weekly, including possible inclusion of your newsworthy items
  • Direct insight into how to best work with the independent bookstore sales channel; just give us a call
Join as Book Industry Member