Advocacy

12 Oct

California’s Retirement Plan Mandate Could Spur Adoption in Other States

California has become the fifth state to mandate that private-sector companies enroll their workers in a state-based retirement program if they do not offer a retirement program themselves.

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03 Oct

ABFE Survey Seeks Bookseller Input on Banned Books Week

American Booksellers for Free Expression is asking booksellers to help plan next year’s Banned Books Week by filling out a short survey on their experiences during this year’s event.

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28 Sep

Banned Books Week Off to a Fast Start

Banned Books Week kicked off with a message sent to more than 1.6 million supporters on Facebook and Twitter, followed by events around the country.

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28 Sep

Updated Study Drives Home Amazon’s Negative Impact on Economy

On September 28, ABA and Civic Economics released a full update of their “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study. The new data, from 2015, shows that Amazon’s negative impact on Main Streets is growing significantly worse.

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28 Sep

BTW News Briefs

California booksellers oppose new law for signed books and art; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Linda Zecher resigns; Grant from Stephen King benefits students, local bookstore; MacArthur “Genius” Grants awarded to authors; T.C. Boyle wins Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award; Harrison Scott Key wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

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21 Sep

Seven Indies to Host “A Night of Silenced Voices”

Seven bookstores in different parts of the country will celebrate “A Night of Silenced Voices” on September 27, during Banned Books Week.

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21 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Writers Digest Banned Books Week sale to benefit ABFE; Brian O’Leary named new BISG executive director; Reading Without Walls Challenge pilot program begins; Amazon Books to open Boston-area store; Ingram Content Group adds three new associates

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21 Sep

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax on D.C. Purchases

Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington, D.C., in October. The decision appears to be related to Amazon’s desire to open a storefront location in the District.

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20 Sep

Parnassus to Auction Author-Decorated Piggy Banks to Benefit Booksellers

Parnassus Books will launch an auction in-store and online this Sunday on more than 100 author-decorated piggy banks to help offset medical expenses for a store employee with cancer and to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

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14 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Binc Co-Ambassador Ann Patchett films promotional video; ABFE joins protest over bookstore boycott; AAP CEO Tom Allen to step down; Bloomsbury USA restructures; NBF Director Lisa Lucas talks to NYT Magazine; Books Are My Bag Readers Awards to launch; Amazon to open dozens of pop-up stores in malls; Sharon Olds wins 2016 Wallace Stevens Award; FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award short list announced

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14 Sep

On ABA, Amazon, and Activism, Not to Mention Indies First and Lena Dunham: A Letter From ABA’s President

ABA President Betsy Burton provides a first look at some of the frightening data from the soon-to-be released updated Civic Economics Amazon and Empty Storefronts Study and encourages booksellers to take advantage of the resources available to create a firestorm of public interest.

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13 Sep

ABFE Seeks Social Media Support for Banned Books Week

ABFE is urging bookstores to join the growing social media campaign supporting Banned Books Week, which for the first time will include the use of a social media service to broadcast the campaign’s message to millions of Internet users.

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13 Sep

Ingram Banned Books Week Promotion Continues

Ingram Content Group is supporting Banned Books Week by offering an additional discount on orders of 25 or more books chosen from a list of more than 450 banned or challenged titles on iPage®.

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06 Sep

Square Books Declares First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, declared a new holiday at the end of summer: On August 27, the store held a one-day sale that it called a First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

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06 Sep

Presidential Candidates Propose Policies Affecting Small Businesses

The platforms of the four U.S. presidential candidates — Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and the Green Partys Jill Stein — address policies that could significantly impact small businesses.

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