Advocacy

    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; increased consumer awareness of shopping locally; and governmental activity on behalf of small businesses.

    Advocacy Update

    September 17, 2014

     

    The goal of #efairnessnow is to persuade customers of indie stores to show their support for Main Street retailers by posting campaign images on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. The...

    September 11, 2014

    ICSC Poll Finds Support for E-Fairness at All-Time High

    On September 10, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a national poll showing that seven in...

    September 4, 2014

    Barnes & Noble has joined the American Booksellers Association in supporting sales tax fairness by urging Congress not to delay in passing e-fairness legislation in the closing weeks of this...

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    E-Fairness State by State

    With states facing significant budget shortfalls, there is a tremendous opportunity to win victories for sales tax equity around the country. ABA has created an E-Fairness Action Kit (E-FACT) that provides booksellers with crucial, state-specific tools to help them in their e-fairness outreach efforts.

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    Spotlight On…

    Amazon's Business Practices

    “Behind the Amazon.com smile”: a four-part series providing a glimpse inside the company (Seattle Times)

    “The Amazon Effect” (The Nation)

    "Amazon Economy: From Warehouse to Powerhouse" (Financial Times)

    “Amazon a Virtual No-show in Hometown Philanthropy” (Seattle Times)

    "Amazon Ranked Among Worst Performers in Addressing Climate Change" (GreenBiz.com)

    Amazon and Job Creation

    “Amazon.com and the President’s Blind Spot on Job Creation” (Jeff Milchen, Bloomberg Businessweek)

    “The Truth About Amazon and Job Creation” (Stacy Mitchell, ILSR)

    Amazon and the Book Industry

    “As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts” (New York Times

    “Amazon Yanks 5,000 titles from Independent Publishers Group, a Chicago Book Distributor” (Chicago Tribune)

    “Amazon.com Trying to Wring Deep Discounts from Publishers” (Seattle Times)

    “Publishing’s Ecosystem on the Brink: The Backstory” (Authors Guild)

    "E-book Suit May Shift Power Back to Amazon" (Financial Times)

    “The Antidote to Algorithms: A Real Bookstore” (Ann Patchett, Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

    “Amazon Bullies Independent Publishers” (Dennis Johnson, Melville House)

    “Hold the Applause for Amazon.com” (Jeff Milchen, AlterNet)

    Tax Avoidance and Government Subsidies

    “Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes” (Fortune, subscription required)

    “After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?” (Stacy Mitchell, ILSR)

    “States Fight Back Against Amazon.com’s Tax Deals” (Seattle Times)

    “Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Tax Shield” (Reuters)

    “To Help Main Street, Close the Internet Sales Tax Loophole” (Jeff Milchen, Bloomberg Businessweek)

    "House of Lords Says Amazon-style Tax Avoidance Schemes Must End (The Guardian)

    Amazon as an Employer  Working Conditions

    “Amazon Warehouse Jobs Push Workers to Physical Limit” (Seattle Times)

    “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave” (Mother Jones)

    “Inside Amazon’s Warehouse” (Allentown Morning Call)

    “Amazon Faces Strike Threat in Germany Over Pay, Conditions” (Reuters)

    "Amazon Gets Taste of the Old World With Strike in Germany" (Financial Times)

    Jeff Bezos/Amazon and the Washington Post

    “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Buy Washington Post” (Washington Post)

    “How Jeff Bezos Will Change Washington” (Joshua Green, Bloomberg Businessweek)

    “Bezos and the Washington Post: A Skeptical View” (John Cassidy, The New Yorker)

    "Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post, But So Did Amazon" (wired.co.uk)

    “What Amazon Lobbies for in D.C.” (Ezra Klein, Washington Post)

    Infographics

    “Amazon: How a Single Company Gained a Stranglehold over Online Shopping and the Future of Retail” (ILSR)

    “Ten Charts: Why Wall Street Loves Amazon and Hates Apple” (CNN Money)

    Grateful acknowledgements to Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Jeff Milchen, co-director of the American Independent Business Alliance, in compililng these links. Further information from both organizations on Amazon is available here [http://www.ilsr.org/understanding-amazon-com-reading-list/] and here [http://www.amiba.net/resources/all-about-amazon].