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.

    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.

    GOP Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Might Be Stalled

    Sen. Rand Paul has urged the Republican majority in Congress to only repeal the Affordable Care Act when a replacement is ready.

    ABA Supports Freedom to Publish Yiannopoulos Book

    ABA has joined a statement criticizing efforts to force Simon & Schuster to cancel plans to publish a book by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

    BTW News Briefs

    We Need Diverse Books publishes first anthology; HarperCollins takes full ownership of HarperCollins Brasil; International Dublin Literary Award nominations announced

    Hope for the New Year

    In the face of growing ideological polarization, bookstores offer hope for the future, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

    Sales Tax Roundup: Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Three More States

    On January 1, Amazon began collecting and remitting sales tax on in-state purchases in Iowa, Louisiana, and Nebraska.

    New York Times Op-Ed Contributor: Time Has Come for Honest Conversation About Digital Monopolies

    New York Times op-ed contributor Jonathan Taplin calls into question the market dominance of Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon, especially in comparison to the proposed AT&T–Time Warner merger.

    Advocates for Independent Business Holds First Summit in D.C.

    How to ensure that the voice of indie businesses is heard on both the national and local levels was the focus at the first Advocates for Independent Business Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C.

    BTW News Briefs

    Nominations sought for Anna Dewdney Read Together Award; Screen-Free Week to partner with Children’s Book Week; LendingTree launches Small Business Grant Competition; New York Public Library and Macmillan partner for new publishing program; Publishers Lunch introduces Monthly Buzz Books; Binc receives $10,000+ holiday donation from Ingram; Chronicle Books announces leadership changes; Andy LeCount to join HarperCollins; 2017 PEN longlists announced

    Winter Institute Book Drive to Benefit Three Minneapolis-Based Organizations

    Booksellers attending Winter Institute this January are invited to donate books to any of three Minneapolis-based charities.

    BTW News Briefs

    Authors United merges with Authors Guild; First Book and Penguin Random House to give 550,000 books to kids this holiday season; Ingram Content Group announces new associates; Elizabeth Scarpelli named director of University of Cincinnati Press; PEN America Literary Awards releasing longlists this week; National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalists announced; Five audiobooks garner Grammy nominations; Submissions for Grateful American Book Prize open January 1

    Around Indies

    Chicago booksellers respond to new report on Amazon; R.J. Julia to operate Wesleyan University Bookstore; Books Are Magic coming to Brooklyn, BookCourt leaving; Stax Discount Books opens in Massachusetts; Print celebrates grand opening; Regulator marks 40 years; Ukazoo Books, MIT Press Bookshop relocate; Point Reyes Books’ owners to pass the reins; Reading Frenzy to close; Bookshop Santa Cruz takes mannequin challenge

    Bluestockings Bookstore to Host Training on De-escalating Conflicts

    Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, and Activist Center is presenting a workshop on strategies people can use to defuse potentially dangerous situations.

    Gui Minhai T-Shirts Arriving in Bookstores

    Richard Howorth’s Square Books was one of the first stores to receive an order of T-shirts calling on China to release bookseller Gui Minhai. Howorth suggested the idea for the T-shirt to ABFE.


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