BTW Articles

29 Apr

Free Speech for Corporations?

By Chris Finan, President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

It sounded like just one more piece of bad news.

The conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court announced in January that it was striking down a ban on campaign spending by corporations.

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06 May

Authors Abound at BEA

Hundreds of authors are scheduled to appear at BookExpo America in an array of free and ticketed events. Here's a quick rundown, with links to complete details on the BEA website.

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13 May

New York Times Editorial Calls for Sales Tax Equity

Following media coverage of's legal challenge to North Carolina's attempts to collect sales tax for online sales, a New York Times editorial characterized the retail giant's federal court action as a "losing battle to defend its longstanding practice of not collecting sales taxes in most states where it does business."

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25 Mar

BTW News Briefs

President Obama Mentions Prairie Lights in Health Care Speech

In a speech at a health care rally in Iowa City today, President Barack Obama referred to Prairie Lights Books as just the type of small business that health care reform would benefit. Here's the except from the president's speech, which can be read in its entirety on the New York Times website:

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31 Mar

A Trove of Educational Materials for ABA Member Stores

ABA's Curriculum Guide on offers member booksellers more than 100 free educational resources, covering everything from formulating a business plan and conducting a store survey to creating killer events and stocking a graphic novels section.

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06 Apr

ABA Hotel Near Times Square

The Park Central Hotel, just 20 blocks north of New York's Javits Convention Center, is the official "ABA Hotel" for BookExpo America 2010.

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29 Apr

BTW News Briefs

Perseus, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Publish Catalogs via Edelweiss

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15 Apr

On Tap for Children's Booksellers at BEA

The Association of Booksellers for Children has released a rundown of programming for children's booksellers at next month's BookExpo America. Offerings include everything from educational sessions on serving the tween reader and the nuts and bolts of kids' bookselling, presented in conjunction with ABA's Day of Education on Tuesday, May 25, to some very special author events and ABC's annual Silent Auction.

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22 Apr Challenges North Carolina Over Sales and Use Tax Collection

Earlier this week, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging the North Carolina Department of Revenue's request for data on residents who made purchases from the online giant. The department requested the information in an effort to enforce use tax laws and has publicly stated it is only seeking general information, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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29 Apr

May Notables Flier & Shelf-Talkers Online

Booksellers can now download the May Indie Next List Notables title recommendations from in flier and shelf-talker formats. Each month, the Indie Next List Notables showcase outstanding writing recommended by indie booksellers nationwide.

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