30 Oct

Booksellers Find Benefits in Offering Free and Discounted Shipping

For many online shoppers, high shipping charges from retailers are a deal breaker. Increasingly, retailers large and small — including indie booksellers — are taking a close look at their policies in order to respond to consumer preferences.

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30 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Retailers setting earlier shipping deadlines this holiday season; Report highlights top cities supporting African American literature; Marvel Comics now available on Kobo; 2014 Kirkus Prize winners announced

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30 Oct

Amazon Strikes Tax Deal in Illinois

Illinois state officials have announced that Amazon will be building a distribution center in the state and it’s expected that the online retailer will be receiving tax credits from the state. Under a new law that went into effect in August, Amazon is obligated to collect and remit sales tax to the state beginning January 1, 2015.

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10 Oct

New Republic Urges Government Action to Stop Amazon

In an October 9 cover story, the New Republic editor Franklin Foer likens Amazon to the monopolies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but says it’s a newer “species” of monopoly, one that needs to be addressed by a “robust regulatory state.”

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09 Oct

A Special Offer for Stores New to IndieCommerce

Because having an online presence is essential to contemporary bookselling, ABA has created a special offer for members that have not previously been IndieCommerce stores.

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14 Aug

BTW News Briefs

RosettaBooks inks deal with Ingram Publisher Services; Best Little Bookshop goes beta; Binc Foundation honored, names new Board members; Finalists for 2014 Thurber Prize announced

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17 Jul

German Complaint Against Amazon Moves Forward, French “Anti-Amazon” Law Goes Into Effect

Last week, the EU Commission launched a preliminary investigation of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association’s antitrust complaint against Amazon, and France’s “Anti-Amazon” law went into effect.

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10 Jul

Supreme Court to Consider Colorado’s Sales Tax Reporting Law

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge brought by the Direct Marketing Association regarding the constitutionality of a 2010 Colorado law requiring out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or to inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on the purchases they have made.

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19 Jun

Judiciary Rushes Through Ban on Taxing Internet Access

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which places a ban on state and local taxation of Internet access. The Marketplace Fairness Coalition urged the committee to treat e-fairness with the same sense of urgency.

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17 Jun

IndieCommunication: Drupal 7 Upgrade Steps and Procedures

Here is a look at the list of steps and procedures for site migrations to Drupal 7 as defined by the IndieCommerce team. There are two stages to the upgrade: Content Migration and Order Migration.

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13 May

IndieCommunication: Upgrade “Boarding Groups”

Here is news of Drupal 7 upgrade group assignments, education sessions and one-on-one meetings at BEA, and more.

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23 Apr

University Study Confirms Sales Tax Inequity Benefits Online Retailers

A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business shows that remote retailers do indeed enjoy a competitive advantage by not collecting sales tax at the point of sales.

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17 Apr

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Florida

Amazon.com will be required to collect and remit sales tax in Florida beginning May 1, according to media reports this week. The requirement to collect was part of a real estate deal to build  a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Hillsborough County.

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16 Apr

Colorado House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On April 14, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the Marketplace Fairness & Small Business Protection Act, a bill that would require remote retailers with nexus in the state to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by Colorado residents.

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10 Apr

IndieCommerce Responds to Internet Security Vulnerability

This week, the IndieCommerce team took steps to address a recently discovered OpenSSL software problem, which has been dubbed Heartbleed. Heartbleed is likely the most severe vulnerability ever discovered in basic Internet security.

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