Books-A-Million Inc. or BAM! was founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama. Books-A-Million has become the third largest book retailer in the United States (after #1 Barnes & Noble and #2 Borders Books). Its corporate office is located in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates over 200 stores located in the Midwest, the Southeast, and the District of Columbia, with about 4,900 employees as of 2005.
In addition to its flagship Books-A-Million superstore, it operates storefronts badged Books & Company and shopping mall book and greeting card stores under the name Bookland. Most of its stores feature a Joe Muggs café, also the name used for the company's newsstand operations.
In addition to its primary retail component, the corporation includes a book wholesale and distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company (AWBC), an e-commerce division operating as BOOKSAMILLION.COM, and an internet development and services company, NetCentral, in Nashville, Tennessee.