Advocacy

    Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book

    Simon & Schuster has announced the cancellation of its contract to publish Dangerous, a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Ninety-Four Percent of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

    With the recent news that Amazon will now be collecting sales tax in Arkansas, slightly more than 94 percent of the U.S. population resides in areas where Amazon is collecting sales tax on in-state purchases.

    Trump Appointees Will Shape Free Speech

    ABFE Director Chris Finan offers his thoughts on how two of President Trump’s appointees — Jeff Sessions and Neil M. Gorsuch — could significantly affect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Arkansas

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced that Amazon.com will begin collecting and remitting sales tax on purchases in the state as of March 1.

    BTW News Briefs

    2017 Children’s Book Week poster unveiled; Anna Dewdney Award nominations close February 5; Letter from S&S CEO explains Yiannopoulos book deal; Ben Sevier named publisher at Grand Central; Ingram announces promotions, new associates; Walter Dean Myers Award winner revealed; Edgar Award nominees named

    ABA Op-Ed Calls Into Question Amazon’s Job Claims

    ABA CEO Oren Teicher has written an op-ed for The Hill that underscores the full cost of Amazon’s growing consolidation of retail sales on communities nationwide.

    ABA Launches New Advocacy Action Kit

    ABA has launched the AdvoKit, a state-specific toolkit that provides booksellers with template letters on a range of key policy issues affecting independent booksellers.

    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.

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