Advocacy

10 Mar

Politics and Prose’s Teach-ins Take a Cue From the 1960s

Politics and Prose, one of a number of bookstores that have found success with politically oriented initiatives after the 2016 election, is staging a series of teach-ins in the spirit of 1960s activist gatherings.

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08 Mar

Little Shop of Stories Spreads Kindness

After the 2016 election, Little Shop of Stories created the store's first-ever Year of Kindness project, which uses monthly themed book clubs and events to help kids and parents explore ideas of community and compassion.

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08 Mar

Hong Kong Bookseller’s Daughter Seeks Help in Freeing Him

Angela Gui, the daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, has been fighting a lonely battle to force Chinese authorities to release her father, who was kidnapped from his holiday home in Thailand in October 2015.

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02 Mar

ABA Supports Press Freedom

ABA has joined more than 80 book, free expression, and press organizations in expressing alarm at efforts by President Trump and his administration to demonize, marginalize, and undermine the media.

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01 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Transfer of Perseus Books distribution completed; PRH to publish Obamas; WNDB internship application opens; Hummingbird offers new discount program; Study finds post-millennials prefer physical stores; Amazon opens East Coast store; #FreeWordsTurkey petition presented to German government; LA Times Book Prize finalists announced 

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28 Feb

Mississippi Justice Institute Seeks Details of Amazon Sales Tax Deal With State

The Mississippi Justice Institute has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission seeking information on the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s recent sales tax deal with Amazon.

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22 Feb

Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book

Simon & Schuster has announced the cancellation of its contract to publish Dangerous, a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

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22 Feb

Ninety-Four Percent of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

With the recent news that Amazon will now be collecting sales tax in Arkansas, slightly more than 94 percent of the U.S. population resides in areas where Amazon is collecting sales tax on in-state purchases.

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21 Feb

Trump Appointees Will Shape Free Speech

ABFE Director Chris Finan offers his thoughts on how two of President Trump’s appointees — Jeff Sessions and Neil M. Gorsuch — could significantly affect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

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15 Feb

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Arkansas

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced that Amazon.com will begin collecting and remitting sales tax on purchases in the state as of March 1.

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24 Jan

BTW News Briefs

2017 Children’s Book Week poster unveiled; Anna Dewdney Award nominations close February 5; Letter from S&S CEO explains Yiannopoulos book deal; Ben Sevier named publisher at Grand Central; Ingram announces promotions, new associates; Walter Dean Myers Award winner revealed; Edgar Award nominees named

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23 Jan

ABA Op-Ed Calls Into Question Amazon’s Job Claims

ABA CEO Oren Teicher has written an op-ed for The Hill that underscores the full cost of Amazon’s growing consolidation of retail sales on communities nationwide.

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20 Jan

ABA Launches New Advocacy Action Kit

ABA has launched the AdvoKit, a state-specific toolkit that provides booksellers with template letters on a range of key policy issues affecting independent booksellers.

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18 Jan

Bulk of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

ABA’s recently updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that a majority of states are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

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11 Jan

ABFE Seeks Book Recommendations for Open Discussion Project

ABFE’s Open Discussion Project aims to help booksellers bring Americans together to discuss issues that deeply divide us. As a first step, ABFE is seeking booksellers to help curate topical reading lists.

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