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03 Apr

New York State Imposes Tax on Marketplace Providers

On March 31, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a budget that significantly changes the legal obligations regarding sales tax collection for “internet marketplace providers.”

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03 Apr

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This installment features Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Will Creeley.

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27 Mar

ABFE Criticizes Congressman for Challenging Amazon on Anti-Vaccine Titles

After Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Jeff Bezos regarding anti-vaccine titles on Amazon, the American Booksellers for Free Expression defended the site's right to sell legally published materials some may find objectionable. 

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27 Mar

Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Free Speech

The text of the executive order states that it empowers federal agencies to “take appropriate steps…to ensure institutions that receive Federal research or education grants promote free inquiry."

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27 Mar

“Counterspeak” Episode for March Features Translator Katherine Young

This episode of ABFE's new free speech podcast features an interview with Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

 
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19 Mar

Arlington County Approves Incentives for Amazon

At a March 16 public hearing, the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to approve $23 million in incentives for Amazon to establish its second corporate headquarters in the Virginia city.

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19 Mar

ABFE Presents March Episode of “Counterspeak”

This episode features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

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12 Mar

Governor Cuomo Asks Amazon to Return to New York

The governor’s letter followed Amazon’s February decision to cancel plans to establish one of its two new corporate headquarters in Queens, New York.

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12 Mar

March “Counterspeak” Episode Features Translator Katherine Young

Since the publication of his novella “Stone Dreams,” author Akram Aylisli has been subjected to a harassment campaign and he remains under de facto house arrest in Azerbaijan.

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11 Mar

Save the Date: Children’s Book Art Silent Auction at BookExpo

Proceeds from the annual event, which auctions off art donated by children’s book illustrators, will benefit the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader.

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06 Mar

Georgia, Arizona Legislatures Consider Economic Nexus and Marketplace Facilitator Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair means states can now legally require out-of-state sellers that conduct a significant amount of business in-state to collect and remit sales tax.

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06 Mar

National Coalition Against Censorship Publishes “Defend LGBTQ Stories” Resource

The resource offers an overview of common arguments made by would-be censors and provides techniques for advocating for LGBTQ stories in local schools and communities.

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06 Mar

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

“On Author Akram Aylisli and Book Burning in Azerbaijan” features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of the banned book Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli.

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06 Mar

Advocates for Independent Business Submits Comments to FTC

Members of AIB voiced concern about the recently approved merger between office-supply chain Staples and the wholesale office supply company Essendant.

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27 Feb

Special Edition Episode of “Counterspeak” Features the Open Discussion Project

The episode features audio from the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute education session “Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project.” 

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