The Association of American Publishers is the premiere trade
organization for American publishers. The members of AAP are
pledged to a strict set of ethical codes and bylaws. The organization
sponsors national and regional conferences for the industry
and promotes all aspects of improvements in the publishing
The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was founded
to promote ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian
book trade, to encourage the collecting and preservation of
antiquarian books and related materials, to support educational
programs and research into the study of antiquarian books,
and to facilitate collegial relations between booksellers,
librarians, scholars, and collectors. It is one of the 20
countries that is part of the International League of Antiquarian
Booksellers and contains over 480 members. Each member must
meet very stringent requirements to become a part of the organization.
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is an
organization that encompasses national associations of antiquarian
booksellers around the world. It speaks for twenty nations
and two thousand leading booksellers. Its sign stands for
the integrity and professionalism of the trade worldwide.
The League (or ILAB, as it is often known among English-speakers;
LILA among French) was founded in Amsterdam at a meeting of
major European booksellers in 1947. It was born of the spirit
of international co-operation and fueled by the determination
to sweep away national differences that inspired the postwar
world. Since that time its aims, objects and ideals have been
adopted across the continents, and the ILAB network now extends
into America, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere.
The objectives formulated in 1947 are still little changed.
Put briefly, they are to uphold and improve professional standards
in the trade, to promote honorable conduct in business, and
to contribute in various ways to a broader appreciation of
the history and art of the book.