Episcopal Booksellers Association is a community of Episcopal gift and booksellers. Our nationwide membership of bookstores seeks to glorify God and strengthen the Church in our communities by:
- Increasing networking among Episcopal booksellers
- Creating greater visibility for Episcopal booksellers
- Improving market position for Episcopal booksellers
- Ensuring the health of book and gift stores serving the Episcopal market by being an effective voice in the book, gift, and publishing industries.
As a very unique market, our member stores are committed to communicating with and supporting each other. Today the Episcopal Booksellers Association has over 50 member stores and about 15 supporting vendor members. EBA is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a part-time Executive Director. EBA meets annually for fellowship and business. Currently, the Annual Meeting is in July in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1996 a dozen Episcopal booksellers participated in an informal meeting during the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit in St. Charles, Illinois. By 1997 about 35 stores were participating in a brainstorming session where it became very clear that Episcopal bookstores have a unique market niche and need to make their presence more obvious to publishers and others in the book trades. The Episcopal Booksellers Association grew out of these meetings and was incorporated in May 2002.