Advocacy

06 Dec

Inquiring Minds Bookstore’s Brian Donoghue Reflects on the Consequences of Taking a Political Stand

Brian Donoghue, the owner of Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, New York, writes about his decision to mount a controversial display during the past election cycle and the unexpected outcomes.

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30 Nov

New Report Provides Analysis on Amazon’s Negative Impact

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides a comprehensive analysis of the negative impact of Amazon’s expansion and growing power — and what can be done to address its dominance.

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29 Nov

Sales Tax Update: Wyoming and Ohio

Wyoming and Ohio took steps in November to impose a tax on out-of-state businesses that lack a physical presence in the state.

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22 Nov

Booksellers Embrace Post-Election Role

Bookstores are embracing their roles as sources of information and self-expression and as a community nexus, providing books, safe spaces, and other resources in the post-election landscape.

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16 Nov

New DOL Overtime Rule Set to Go Into Effect December 1

Though legal challenges could possibly delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, business owners should be prepared for it to go into effect on December 1.

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15 Nov

An Interview With David Evans, ABA’s New General Counsel

David H. Evans, a partner at the law firm Kelley Drye, discusses his new role as ABA’s legal counsel, changing legal interpretations of antitrust regulations, and more.

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02 Nov

Progress in the Debate Over Free Speech on Campus

Though a recent report found there is no free speech crisis on campus, there is a real need for more education for students about the importance of free expression, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

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02 Nov

Bookstore Wins Battle for Anti-Trump Banner

Inquiring Minds Bookstore has won its fight with town officials who attempted to force the bookstore to remove from its front window an anti-Trump banner that includes a swastika.

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02 Nov

Justice Department Reaffirms Protections for Reader Privacy

The U.S. Department of Justice has reaffirmed protections for the privacy of bookstore and library records that may be targeted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

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26 Oct

Bookstore Fights Ban on Anti-Trump Sign

A bookstore in a small town in upstate New York is fighting efforts to force it to remove a banner from its front window that contains a message critical of Donald Trump.

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25 Oct

Letter Clarifying Collectibles Law to Be Submitted to California State Speaker

Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, author of a new California law that covers collectibles, has finalized a letter clarifying that the law does not apply to general bookstores and author signings.

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25 Oct

NAIBA Keynote Focuses on Sharing the New Localism Message

How booksellers can become more effective advocates on public policy and make the case for fair business practices was the focus of a keynote presentation at the NAIBA fall conference.

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19 Oct

ABA’s Expanded Social Media Efforts on Display During Banned Books Week

ABA’s reenergized social media strategy was put into play on behalf of bookstore members during last month’s Banned Books Week celebrations.

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12 Oct

California Collectibles Bill Clarification Expected

California Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang plans to submit a letter to the state legislature stipulating that a new law covering the sale of collectibles does not apply to general bookstores.

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12 Oct

Booksellers Knock Out Unconstitutional Louisiana Law

Two New Orleans bookstores have won their legal challenge to a Louisiana law that would have required them to verify the age of visitors to their websites.

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