31 Jul

Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Barring Implementation of Arkansas Act 372

The American Booksellers Association, in conjunction with WordsWorth Books and Pearl’s Books and other coalition partners, recently learned that they have cleared the first hurdle for the successful defense of the Freedom to Read in Arkansas.
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25 Jul

ABA Files Suit Challenging Texas Censorship Law

On Tuesday, July 25, Blue Willow Bookshop, BookPeople, and the American Booksellers Association joined with a coalition of authors and publishers in filing a legal challenge to HB900, a Texas law that would ban books based on vague and subjective standards.

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26 Jun
The Future Is Indie: Anti-Prime Campaign

ABA Launches #TheFutureIsIndie Campaign To Counter Prime Day

The future will be more diverse, more authentic, less corporate, more local, more community-oriented — The Future Is Indie. This year’s brand new campaign counters Amazon Prime Day and champions the importance of independent businesses in shaping the future.

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ABA is committed to making a difference in the lives of its members. Through direct engagement in political and trade-related efforts comes change and progress—improved publisher trade terms; the adoption of sales tax fairness laws and resolutions; minimum wage; access to capital; overtime rules; increased consumer awareness of shopping locally; and governmental activity on behalf of small businesses.

Toward that end, ABA has created a number of toolkits to help booksellers advocate to their lawmakers. Most recently, ABA launched the AdvoKit (Advocacy Action Kit), a state-specific toolkit that provides booksellers with template letters on a range of key policy issues affecting independent booksellers. Under each state, the AdvoKit provides template letters that booksellers can use to reach out to both state and federal lawmakers and officials. Each letter can be used for a number of key policy issues. The letters also serve as a way for booksellers 


Small Business Issues

ABA has created this continuously updated Advocacy Action Kit (AdvoKit) to help independent booksellers advocate on any number of issues, from minimum wage, access to capital, and e-fairness to overtime rules.

Small Business Rising

ABA has joined with Small Business Rising, a coalition of small businesses formed in 2021 that urges policymakers to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field that has allowed monopolies like Amazon to amass outsized power and influence.

Economic Impact & Local First

 The Stepping Stone to Monopoly is the ABA Advocacy Division’s latest white paper detailing Amazon’s anticompetitive behavior. While the previous white papers focused on Amazon’s impact on different markets, the latest focuses exclusively on the bookselling and publishing markets.

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This year’s Civic Economics report, Unfulfilled: Amazon and the American Retail Landscape, includes studies which provide the opportunity to build a deep understanding of how Amazon affects small businesses and communities across the nation, and how those impacts have changed over the years.

No Amazon Monopoly

ABA believes that Amazon is a modern-day monopoly. Its abuse of its dominance has had a negative impact on free expression and the health of America’s book industry, including a chilling effect on the diversity of, and access to, books and information. ABA is bringing that argument to Congress and to state attorneys general, and are asking booksellers to make the case.

Free Expression – ABFE


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About ABA

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.







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