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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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04 Sep

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

This installment features an interview with American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher, who is retiring from ABA at the end of the year.

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28 Aug

ABA Provides DOJ Antitrust Division With Information Ahead of Its Big Tech Review

“It is clear that Amazon is able to use its dominance to manipulate market structures, suppress competition, and harm consumers and other stakeholders,” ABA wrote in an August 28 letter.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association should keep an eye out for it in their August Box mailing.

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14 Aug

Religious Titles Escape Tariffs in Trade War, Children’s Books Tariffs Delayed

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Tuesday that religious books, including Bibles, will be excluded from the Trump administration’s 10 percent tariff on goods imported from China, while tariffs on children’s books will be delayed to December 15.

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14 Aug

ABFE Free Speech Report: Antitrust and When Is a Private Company Not So Private Anymore

Here, ABA’s David Grogan looks at potential interference in the U.S. election process, recent efforts by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to halt censorship in school libraries, and more.

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07 Aug

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This episode of ABA’s free speech podcast features conversations with Jonathan Hamilt, co-founder of Drag Queen Story Hour, and Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz.

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06 Aug

Indie Business Survey: Amazon Monopoly a Key Threat

The findings indicate that small business owners don’t believe the primary problems facing their businesses are technology or consumer habit but rather an uneven playing field.

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29 Jul

Local Policy Action Spotlight: Nine Policies Your City Can Adopt to Grow Independent Businesses

The toolkit “is an invaluable resource that can help independent booksellers effectively advocate to lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level,” said ABA’s David Grogan.

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24 Jul

U.S. Department of Justice Will Review Business Practices of Big Tech

The DOJ review could indicate a significant change in the department’s stance in antitrust enforcement.

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22 Jul

European Commission Opens Formal Investigation into Amazon

The investigation aims to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that sell on its marketplace is in breach of European Union competition rules.

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17 Jul

House Antitrust Committee Holds Hearing on Market Power of Online Platforms

The subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses, including Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as well as representatives from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

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17 Jul

ABA Calls on FTC to Look Into Amazon Monopoly

In its letter, ABA illustrated how “industry trends and data clearly indicate that Amazon is well on its way to becoming a tech industry monopoly, and it is already a monopoly in the book industry.”

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