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    Advocacy Update

    September 25, 2014

    Congress to Take up E-Fairness Post-Election

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that passing e-fairness legislation will be at the top of the Senate’s to-do list following the...

    September 25, 2014

    The Advocates for Independent Business’s #efairnessnow social media campaign is picking up steam. The American Booksellers Association, a founding member of AIB, is urging its member bookstores to...

    September 25, 2014

    On September 17, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal published a letter from Richard Howorth of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, calling for e-fairness. The letter was written in response...

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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 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" (

    Amazon and Job Creation

    “ 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)

    “ 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” (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’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" (

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


    “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 [] and here [].