Annie's have been the leading pre-read book stores since their beginning in the early 1970's. In the late 70's the original Annie ( yes, there was an original! ) began franchising throughout the New England states, and eventually as far Florida and CaliforniaIn 1987, the parent corporation declared bankruptcy. Our owner's association, ABSA, purchased the trademarks to protect our rights and territories.Are you affiliated with Annies Book Swap We sure are! Annie's Book Swap and Annie's Book Stop are the same thing. Annie's started as Book Swap, but many of the newer stores were named Book Stop. There is no difference between them. But both are registered trademarks of ABSA and may not be used without permission.Absolutely! The Annie's Book Stop Association is pleased that you like our bookstores enough that you would like to find out about opening one for yourself. We encourage new stores and can offer you experienced advice from our consultants drawn from our pool of current owners.