California’s Private Sector Retirement Plan About to Become a Reality

    Employers with five or more employees that don’t already provide a retirement plan will be required to offer a retirement plan of their choosing or provide employees access to the state-run program.

    Protesters Attempt to Shut Down Author Event at Green Apple

    Protesters demanded that the bookstore cancel the scheduled in-store appearance of Francisco Cantú, a former Border Patrol officer who is promoting his debut memoir, The Line Becomes a River.

    Around Indies

    The Book House opens in New Jersey; New owner for Brace Books & More; Bank Street Book Nook changes hands; Bright Side Bookshop marks first anniversary; Battle Creek Books plans name, location change; [words] recognized for autism efforts; Bookshop Santa Cruz launches Women’s Voices program

    NCAC’s Chris Finan Talks Free Speech at PubWest

    At the annual PubWest conference, National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Chris Finan spoke to publishers about the current state of free speech in the U.S. 

    ABFE Urges State Department to Step Up Efforts to Free Chinese Bookseller

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the U.S. State Department to “redouble its efforts” on behalf of publisher/bookseller Gui Minhai, who has again been detained by Chinese authorities.

    ABFE Free Speech Report

    Over the past month, the American Booksellers for Free Expression has been busy working with free speech groups to oppose a number of attempts by schools or courts to censor books and to limit free speech.

    Chinese Authorities Confirm the Arrest of Bookseller Gui Minhai

    On Tuesday, February 6, the Chinese government confirmed that it had arrested Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller associated with Mighty Current publishing house.

    Infographic Illustrates Amazon’s Dominance

    A consumer review website recently published a 16-page infographic that provides comprehensive details on the extensive scope of Amazon’s economic reach.

    ABA Promotes David Grogan to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy

    ABA’s David Grogan has been promoted to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy, integrating the operation of the American Booksellers for Free Expression and ABA's advocacy work. 

    U.S. State Department Calls on China to Free Missing Bookseller

    The U.S. State Department has called on Chinese authorities to free Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller who was abducted by Chinese agents while traveling by train to Beijing.

    ABA Urges State Department to Investigate Abduction of Chinese Bookseller

    On January 20, Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller, was traveling by train to Beijing with two Swedish diplomats when plainclothes police officers boarded the train and took him away.

    Senate Votes to Limit Debate on Mass Surveillance Bill

    The move to reauthorize a controversial mass surveillance law cleared a critical hurdle this week as the Senate voted 60-38 to invoke cloture on the bill, opening the door for the Senate to vote on the bill.

    Independent Business Groups Urge U.S. Government to Buy Local

    The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

    Supreme Court Will Take Up E-Fairness Definition

    In a significant first step toward potentially leveling the playing field for all retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a case that would change the legal obligation of online retailers regarding collecting sales tax.

    Trump’s Attempt to Halt Publication of Fire and Fury Sparks Condemnations, Spurs Sales

    The American Booksellers Association issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defended publisher Henry Holt & Co., which released the book early, on January 5.


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