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06 Nov

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

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

he 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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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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31 Oct

Sign Up for ABA’s Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the Antitrust Symposium, to be held January 21, sold out within 24 hours; based on the high demand, ABA is growing the program so more booksellers can attend.

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29 Oct

Introducing Molly Bond, ABA’s New Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

Said Bond, “Indie bookstores are so important to the American way of life. Indie bookstores create a sense of community in towns and cities in a way that large corporations cannot.”

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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

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

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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09 Oct

Join ABA’s Advocacy Team at the Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C., During Wi15

Booksellers should mark their calendars for Tuesday, January 21, when ABA will present an Antitrust Symposium in D.C. in conjunction with the 2020 Winter Institute in Baltimore.

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02 Oct

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

This installment features a wrap-up of Banned Books Week as well as an exploration of the impact big technology companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have on free speech.

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25 Sep

ABFE Responds to DOJ Suit to Seize Proceeds From Snowden Memoir

The U.S. government seeks to recover all proceeds earned by Snowden because of his failure to submit his memoir, Permanent Record, for pre-publication review. 

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24 Sep

Indie Bookstores Mark Banned Books Week on Social Media

Indie booksellers are celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event that serves as an opportunity for advocates to explain why it is important to preserve everyone’s right to read and view what they want.

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17 Sep

Special Banned Books Week “Counterspeak” Edition Drops September 19

During Banned Books Week, Penguin Random House will donate $1 to the American Booksellers for Free Expression for every book purchased and logged through the publisher’s Reader Rewards program.

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11 Sep

Save the Date: ABA to Present Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C., on January 21

Booksellers will attend a panel discussion on the growing monopoly power in the retailing and tech sector and meet with lawmakers to discuss issues impacting their businesses.

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11 Sep

Special Banned Books Week “Counterspeak” Podcast to Drop Next Week

The episode will feature interviews with independent booksellers on their events and plans for the upcoming Banned Books Week.

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