BTW Articles

02 Jun

Pushing Back in the Face of Censorship

At a lively and thought-provoking BookExpo America panel, two bestselling authors and two nationally noted free speech advocates presented an overview and a frontline account of the tactics and trends of contemporary book banning.

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02 Jun

Letter Urges Legislators to Oppose Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Rollback

ABA has created a template letter that booksellers can use to urge their legislators to oppose any attempt to delay debit card swipe fee reform set to take effect in July.

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16 Jun

ABA Launches New Educational Program: One-Day IndieCommerce Institute

This week, ABA announced its first one-day educational mini-institute. The IndieCommerce Institute will focus on online commerce and related marketing, and it is set for Wednesday, August 10, in Rosemont, Illinois, adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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30 Jun

Retailers Disappointed by Fed’s Vote on Swipe Fees

Bringing a conclusion to months of furious Washington lobbying, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, June 29, voted to set a cap on swipe fees for debit cards at 21 cents, a conclusion that pleased neither banks nor merchants.

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06 Jul

Still Time to Register for the IndieCommerce Institute

Attendance at the first IndieCommerce Institute will be capped, but there’s still time to register for one of the remaining spots at the one-day educational program, focusing on online commerce and related marketing, for booksellers at different levels of experience.

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14 Jul

Borders Heads Towards Liquidation

As the endgame for the Borders Group winds down, on Thursday, July 14, a judge said that the bookstore chain — which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since February — could move toward liquidation.

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03 Mar

Forbes Wonders if Amazon.com’s Sales Tax Battle Is a Losing Effort

The national fight for sales tax equity garnered prominent media attention this week, even as Amazon.com threatened to terminate its affiliate marketers in California should the state pass e-fairness legislation.

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10 Aug

ABA Hosts Inaugural IndieCommerce Institute

The IndieCommerce Institute, which debuted in Chicago yesterday, drew close to 70 booksellers who took part in a day of intensive work focused on building a better website and developing e-commerce.

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09 Mar

Key California Assembly Committee Hears Testimony on Sales Tax Fairness

On Monday, March 7, the California Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation heard testimony regarding one of several sales tax equity bills expected to be introduced this legislative session. Speakers at the hearing included NCIBA Executive Director Hut Landon.

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01 Sep

SIBA to Host Sales Tax Summit at Trade Show

At this month’s SIBA trade show, attendees will have an opportunity to hear an important update on the e-fairness fight from a national and regional perspective, to learn what’s unfolding in key battleground states (including South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida), and to ask questions about what can be a complex and confusing issue.

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