BTW Articles

05 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Participate in Important Post-Holiday Survey

ABA is encouraging members to participate in the fourth annual post-holiday survey conducted by the Institute for Local Self Reliance in partnership with ABA and other indie business groups. The survey provides data on how independent businesses are faring in today’s economy, as well as about whether people are more aware and supportive of locally owned, independent businesses.

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06 Jan

A Q&A With SBA Administrator Karen Mills

Karen Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about some of the key steps SBA has taken to help small businesses over the last two years, the challenges facing Main Street businesses today, SBA’s new loan initiatives and online resources, and more. Mills will be interviewed by PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer at the opening event at this month’s Winter Institute.

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10 Feb

Privacy Case Related to North Carolina Sales Tax Fairness Fight Settled

The North Carolina Department of Revenue has reached a settlement in the legal fight regarding the state’s request for sales data from Amazon.com in its efforts to recoup an estimated $50 million in lost tax revenue for online purchases.

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11 Feb

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over Sales Tax

Rather than comply with an assessment from the state of Texas to pay $269 million in uncollected sales tax, Amazon.com has announced that it will close its distribution facility in the Dallas suburb of Irving on April 12 and will cancel plans to build additional facilities in the state.

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28 Jul

Literary Agent's E-Book Publishing Arrangement Sparks Strong Industry Reaction

Last week's news of literary agent Andrew Wylie's exclusive agreement with Amazon.com to publish Kindle editions of 20 backlist titles by notable writers represented by Wylie provoked strong reactions among some major publishers and elicited extensive industry discussion regarding the implications of this potential disintermediation.

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04 Aug

2010 ABACUS Initiative Begins

On Thursday, August 5, ABA member bookstores were scheduled to receive a special e-mail from the National Association of College Stores' OnCampus Research regarding ABA's ABACUS financial survey. The e-mail begins the data collection process for the 2010 ABACUS initiative.

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05 Aug

ABA Responds to New Republic's "In Defense of Amazon"

ABA CEO Oren Teicher recently sent a Letter to the Editor of The New Republic in response to Senior Editor Ruth Franklin's piece "In Defense of Amazon."

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11 Aug

2010 ABACUS Data Collection Process Underway

On Thursday, August 5, ABA members received a special e-mail from the National Association of College Stores' OnCampus Research that began the information collection process for ABA's 2010 ABACUS financial survey.

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12 Aug

ABA Urges Connecticut Attorney General to Shift Focus

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher wrote to Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney general, to urge him to refocus his office’s recently announced inquiry into agreements between the industry’s major publishers and Amazon.com and Apple, Inc.

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25 Aug

Media Shines Spotlight on Good News for Indie Bookstores

An interesting media meme has emerged in the last month: that there are unique opportunities for indie booksellers in a society of hyper-connectivity and technological saturation.

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