Advocacy

 
25 May
ABFE

ABFE Responds to Virginia Judge’s Tentative Ruling on “Obscene” Books

The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) strongly condemns a Virginia judge’s tentative opinion that the books Gender Queer and A Court of Mist and Fury might be “obscene for unrestricted viewing by minors” and the petitioners’ preliminary injunction against Barnes & Noble and other booksellers to prevent sales of books.

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16 Feb

Booksellers Responding to Recent Challenges to Books by Black Authors

Read for advocacy strategies and resources, including a new asset aimed toward educating customers about book challenges. 

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31 Jan
Health & Wellness

Winter Health and Wellness Resources for Booksellers

The following resources are meant to help expand your health and wellness awareness and increase your knowledge about new health insurance solutions/legislation.

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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; minimum wage; access to capital; overtime rules; increased consumer awareness of shopping locally; and governmental activity on behalf of small businesses.

Toward that end, ABA has created a number of toolkits to help booksellers advocate to their lawmakers. Most recently, ABA launched the AdvoKit (Advocacy Action Kit), a state-specific toolkit that provides booksellers with template letters on a range of key policy issues affecting independent booksellers. Under each state, the AdvoKit provides template letters that booksellers can use to reach out to both state and federal lawmakers and officials. Each letter can be used for a number of key policy issues. The letters also serve as a way for booksellers 

 

Small Business Issues

ABA has created this continuously updated Advocacy Action Kit (AdvoKit) to help independent booksellers advocate on any number of issues, from minimum wage, access to capital, and e-fairness to overtime rules.

Small Business Rising

ABA has joined with Small Business Rising, a coalition of small businesses formed in 2021 that urges policymakers to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field that has allowed monopolies like Amazon to amass outsized power and influence.

Economic Impact & Local First

The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NCFrom underwriting studies that demonstrate the economic impact of independent retailers to spreading the powerful message of the IndieBound movement and networking with like-minded organizations, ABA is working to strengthen awareness about the crucial role independent retailers play in local economies and communities.

See the series of economic impact studies that support the notion of Local First, including the most recent, Prime Numbers, a report that reveals the explosive growth of third-party marketplace sales on Amazon.

Local First & Economic Impact Studies ›

No Amazon Monopoly

ABA believes that Amazon is a modern-day monopoly. Its abuse of its dominance has had a negative impact on free expression and the health of America’s book industry, including a chilling effect on the diversity of, and access to, books and information. ABA is bringing that argument to Congress and to state attorneys general, and are asking booksellers to make the case.

Free Expression – ABFE

 

Visit the ABFE and Free Speech page by clicking here.

 

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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