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    Report Finds Increased Antitrust Oversight Needed to Protect Small Business

    The sharp decline in the number of small, independent businesses in the U.S. is due, at least in part, to “anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations,” according to a report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

    The Democratic Party Platform and Small Businesses

    This past weekend, the Democratic Party finalized a national platform that promises to tackle antitrust violations, increase the federal minimum wage, and pursue single-payer healthcare.

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    Antitrust lawsuit filed over EMV chip card transition; BookCon 2016 unveils slate of YA authors; Consortium signs distribution deals with six publishers; Phaidon Press and The Met Store to launch pop-up bookstore; Edwidge Danticat to deliver keynote at children’s book writers’ conference

    Booksellers Urged to Ask Lawmakers to Investigate Amazon Antitrust Violations

    ABA is urging each of its bookseller members to reach out to their lawmakers and ask that they investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations.

    ABA President Betsy Burton Submits Testimony to Senate Antitrust Hearing

    Betsy Burton, the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop, writing on behalf of ABA bookstore members, urged a U.S. Senate committee to investigate Amazon for violations of antitrust laws.

    Supreme Court Will Not Hear Apple/Amazon E-Book Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a decision by an Appeals Court that upheld a District Court ruling that Apple conspired to fix the retail price for newly released and bestselling trade e-books in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

    ABA Urges Federal and State Investigation of Amazon’s Business Practices

    This week, ABA launched a national advocacy campaign with letters urging the U.S. Congress, the 50 state attorneys general, and the 50 state governors to investigate Amazon for violations of antitrust laws.

    New BookWeb Feature Shines Spotlight on Amazon

    Resources offering a wide range of information on Amazon and its effect on Main Street retailers can now be found in one place on BookWeb.org.

    New America Event Focuses on Amazon Book Monopoly

    Panelists including Scott Turow, Doug Preston, Susan Cheever, Franklin Foer, and others discussed Amazon’s power in the book market and whether the government should investigate its practices during an event last week sponsored by New America.

    Douglas Preston, Richard Russo on the DOJ and Amazon

    The featured talk “Authors, Agents, and Booksellers — United for a Fair Marketplace” provided Wi11 attendees with an update on last July’s appeal to the DOJ by ABA and Authors United that called for an investigation of Amazon’s business practices.

    ABA, Authors Guild, Authors United, and B&N File Supreme Court Brief in Support of Competitive E-Book Pricing

    Groups representing booksellers and authors joined in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, December 2, to urge the court to review a lower court decision that found Apple violated antitrust law by conspiring to influence e-book pricing.

    Still Time to Add Your Store Name to ABA Letter to DOJ Regarding Amazon

    Friday, July 31, is the last day for booksellers to add their stores’ names to ABA’s letter calling on the Department of Justice to investigate the business practices of Amazon.com.

    The Authors Guild’s Mary Rasenberger on Why Amazon Deserves Antitrust Scrutiny

    Mary Rasenberger, executive director of the Authors Guild, discusses the organization’s support for the Authors United appeal to the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon’s “abuse of its dominance in the world of books.”

    Bookstores Can Add Their Names to ABA’s Letter to DOJ

    In an e-mail on Wednesday, July 22, ABA invited bookstore members to add their names to its July 13 letter to the U.S. Department of Justice. Last week, in an unprecedented joint action, booksellers, authors, and literary agents called on the DOJ to investigate the business practices of Amazon.com.

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