Advocacy

    Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

    Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2017 Banned Books Week display kit.

    Washington Post Columnist Posits: Is Amazon Getting Too Big?

    On July 28, the Washington Post — which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos — published an in-depth piece by columnist Steven Pearlstein detailing antitrust concerns over Amazon’s growth.

    Memo to Politicians: Bargaining for an Amazon Warehouse? Turn the Tables!

    In a recent article published in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State, Good Jobs First Director Greg LeRoy discusses how Amazon has gained market share through the receipt of tax incentives.

    Amazon’s Proposed Purchase of Whole Foods Stirs Antitrust Questions

    Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods has raised concerns about antitrust issues among lawmakers as well as advocacy and retail groups.

    Labor Department Abandons Obama Administration Overtime Rules

    The U.S. Department of Labor has decided not to challenge a November injunction blocking an overtime rule that would have doubled a worker’s exempt status.

    Congressman Calls for Antitrust Hearing on Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase

    Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is calling for a hearing on Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods.

    Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship Announced

    The new Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, to be managed by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, will honor the late Carla Gray of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

    American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

    Bookstores Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

    Bookstores across the country are celebrating LGBT Pride Month this June with a variety of creative events covering both the literary and the political aspects of queer culture.

    Banned Books Week 2017 to Celebrate Everyone’s Freedom to Read

    This year’s Banned Books Week, September 24–30, will celebrate the importance of the freedom to read for all Americans with the theme “Our Right to Read.”

    ABA at BookExpo: “ABFE Presents: Selling Controversial Books — A Conversation”

    During an ABA education session at BookExpo, three bookseller panelists discussed the ways they have dealt with difficult decisions regarding controversial books or authors.

    Facing Strong Opposition From Retailers, House Drops Attempt to Repeal Swipe Fee Cap

    On May 24, the chair of the House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee announced that backers of the Financial CHOICE Act would drop a provision that would have repealed a cap on debit card swipe fees.

    BTW News Briefs

    IPG adds 23 publishers; PGW to distribute Canongate; PEN launches Make Space campaign; Reading the West Book Award, Folio Prize, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners announced; O. Henry Prize Stories announced

    Mike Bamberger, Free Speech Defender

    ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at some of the many cases in which Michael Bamberger, general counsel of Media Coalition and the first recipient of the Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award, has defended the free speech rights of booksellers.

    Still Time to Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2017

    David Grogan, ABA’s director of public policy and advocacy, will be at the show to discuss any advocacy issues of concern with booksellers.

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