Free Speech Resources for Booksellers

    • Preparing for Controversial Author Events
      Jamie Fiocco, owner of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC, has hosted many controversial author events.  Here are her tips for responding to the threat of protests.
    • Free Speech Checklist 
      Does your bookstore follow free speech best practices? Start with the Free Speech Checklist to find out.
    • Scenes from a Bookstore: Free Speech Vignettes (Free speech training guide)
      Is your staff prepared to answer questions about why you carry (or don't carry) a particular book? ABFE has created a DVD and training guide to help booksellers respond to the free speech questions that frequently come up in bookstores. Watch Scenes from a Bookstore: Free Speech Vignettes on YouTube and download the discussion guide here
       
    • "To Our Customers" 
      Have you posted a clear statement of your store's commitment to free speech and customer privacy? Post "To Our Customers," a statement prepared by ABFE. The handsomely illustrated signs are available in two versions.
       
    • Model Statement on Author Appearances in Bookstores
      Are you ready to address complaints about events involving controversial authors in your store? On request, ABFE will send you a model statement that you can use to help explain why it is important for bookstores to provide a forum for a wide range of views, or download it from the link above.
       
    • "Protecting Customer Privacy in Bookstores" 
      Do you know what to do when a police officer asks you to reveal customer information? ABFE's "Protecting Customer Privacy in Bookstores" tells you how to handle "official" inquiries, subpoenas, and search warrants.
       
    • “Reading Your Rights” is a documentary produced about the Tattered Cover Book Store’s fight to quash a search warrant that sought the title of a book purchased by a customer.  The Tattered Cover lawsuit, which was filed in 2000, attracted national publicity and resulted in a unanimous decision for the bookstore by the Colorado Supreme Court. Booksellers interested in purchasing the video should email abfe@bookweb.org.