BTW Articles

14 Jul

ABA Urges Booksellers to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher thanked Rep. William Delahunt for introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, and he encouraged booksellers nationwide to write to their legislators to express support for the bill.

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21 Jul

Financial Reform Bill Signed Into Law With Swipe Fee Amendment

On Wednesday, July 21, President Obama signed into law a sweeping financial reform bill that, among other changes, would regulate swipe fees charged by banks for debit-card transactions.

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29 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Urges Passage of Main Street Fairness Act

This morning, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Rep. William Delahunt joined with a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and small business owners to urge passage of the Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 5660).

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19 Aug

NCIBA, SCIBA, & ABA Urge Support of E-Fairness Provision in CA's Proposed Budget

This week, the American Booksellers Association, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and Southern California Independent Booksellers Association reached out to their respective California members in support of an e-fairness provision in California's proposed budget. The groups urged their bookseller members to contact their lawmakers and to ask them to support the sales tax fairness provision.

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26 Aug

Op-Ed Supporting California Sales Tax Fairness Provision Now Available

ABA, NCIBA, and SCIBA have made available an op-ed in support of an e-fairness provision in California's proposed budget.

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02 Sep

Onus for Being PCI Compliant Rests With Retailer

To those bookstore owners who do not fully comprehend the extent of their liability under the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, be warned that what you don't know can hurt you – and can be very costly.

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08 Sep

Music Licensing for the Uninitiated

If you play music in your bookstore, you need to understand what your legal responsibilities – and rights – are. Here's an up-to-date look at the major performing rights organizations, what they do, and the factors that dictate their licensing fees.

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16 Sep

Senate Passes Small Business Jobs Bill

After months of debate, on Thursday, September 16, the Senate passed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act. H.R. 5297 now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass.

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22 Sep

Booksellers Meet With CT Attorney General on E-Book Agency Model

On Friday, September 17, indie booksellers met with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and members of his staff to discuss the digital content agency model and the dangers posed by below-cost pricing.

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22 Sep

Sales Tax Fairness Fight Heats Up in California

As budget talks heated up in California this week, ABA, NCIBA, and SCIBA urged their members in the state to call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office to express support for sales tax fairness.

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