BTW Articles

20 Nov

Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing With Big Tech

“The grip that Big Tech now holds over our daily lives and our competitive landscape at the same time is astounding but also concerning,” said hearing leader Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez.

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19 Nov

ABA Board Urges State Attorneys General to Investigate Amazon

The Board has sent letters to the attorneys general of each state calling for an investigation into Amazon’s monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct. 

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20 Nov
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ABFE Signs Letter in Opposition to PATRIOT Act Extension

Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight told Bookselling This Week, “Reforming the PATRIOT Act is a critical priority, and one that Congress cannot shrug off even in challenging times.”

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13 Nov
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D.C. Council Holds Public Hearing on Small Business Financial Assistance

The D.C. Council’s Committee heard testimony from small business owners and small business advocates who spoke to issues including the rising cost of rent and property taxes, the lack of small commercial spaces available for small businesses, and consumers’ shift to large chain retailors and online shopping.

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05 Nov

Raven Book Store Owner Publishes “How to Resist Amazon and Why”

The 16-page zine features Caine’s October 2019 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a review of the case against Amazon, a compilation of Raven’s Twitter advocacy, and more.

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06 Nov
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ABFE Responds to Trump Administration Warning to Hachette

"We firmly support Hachette in publishing A Warning, written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration. The right of someone to publish under a pseudonym or anonymously is crucial in any free and democratic society,” said David Grogan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

 
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05 Nov

Ohio State Senate Holds Antitrust Hearings

The Ohio State Senate Judiciary Committee held two hearings in October to discuss updating the state’s antitrust law. The hearings featured prominent antitrust advocates and experts, including Barry Lynn of Open Markets Institute and David Chavern of News Media Alliance.

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23 Oct

ABFE Again Urges the CECC to Work to Release Bookseller in Chinese Detention

In its most recent letter, the American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the Congressional-Executive Commission on China for renewed assistance in liberating bookseller Gui Minhai and offered its help as the process moves forward.

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22 Oct
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ABA Calls on State Attorneys General to Open Antitrust Investigation Into Amazon

In a comprehensive 22-page letter, ABA makes the case as to why Amazon is a burgeoning monopoly and provides a detailed review of Amazon’s anticompetitive conduct.

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15 Oct
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Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2019

Banned Books Week served as an opportunity for booksellers to spread awareness about the dangers of censorship through both in-store visual depictions and social media campaigns.

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