BTW Articles

06 Jan

A Q&A With SBA Administrator Karen Mills

Karen Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about some of the key steps SBA has taken to help small businesses over the last two years, the challenges facing Main Street businesses today, SBA’s new loan initiatives and online resources, and more. Mills will be interviewed by PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer at the opening event at this month’s Winter Institute.

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10 Feb

Privacy Case Related to North Carolina Sales Tax Fairness Fight Settled

The North Carolina Department of Revenue has reached a settlement in the legal fight regarding the state’s request for sales data from Amazon.com in its efforts to recoup an estimated $50 million in lost tax revenue for online purchases.

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11 Feb

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over Sales Tax

Rather than comply with an assessment from the state of Texas to pay $269 million in uncollected sales tax, Amazon.com has announced that it will close its distribution facility in the Dallas suburb of Irving on April 12 and will cancel plans to build additional facilities in the state.

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28 Jul

Literary Agent's E-Book Publishing Arrangement Sparks Strong Industry Reaction

Last week's news of literary agent Andrew Wylie's exclusive agreement with Amazon.com to publish Kindle editions of 20 backlist titles by notable writers represented by Wylie provoked strong reactions among some major publishers and elicited extensive industry discussion regarding the implications of this potential disintermediation.

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02 Jun

Spirited Debate on Controversial Supreme Court Decision

Two insightful, forceful, and persuasive advocates defended opposing sides of a nuanced and important free speech issue at a BEA debate sponsored by the American Booksellers Association for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read Committee, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. 

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