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05 Dec

Independent Businesses Request Meetings With Governors in Response to Amazon’s HQ2

On behalf of more than 80 independent businesses in New York and Virginia, ABA sent letters to Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam opposing the massive subsidies the states have offered Amazon.

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04 Dec

ABFE Podcast “Counterspeak” Debuts December 6

The first full episode of Counterspeak, a new monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, will be available for download this Thursday, December 6. 

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04 Dec

Reports Indicate Possible Ingram Purchase of Baker & Taylor

Book trade publications have reported that Ingram Content Group has made “a tentative offer” to buy the retail wholesaling operations of Baker & Taylor. 

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28 Nov

Announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 Locations Met With Criticism

Backlash to Amazon’s plan to establish headquarters in neighborhoods in New York and Virginia is coming from politicians and members of the affected communities, including booksellers.

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27 Nov

American Booksellers for Free Expression Introduces “Counterspeak” Podcast

“Free speech is under attack from all sides,” said ABFE’s Dave Grogan. “Our podcast, we hope, will be a welcome space for open dialogue and discussion.”

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21 Nov

Amazon E-mail Tells Small Businesses It Helps Them “Thrive”

“Amazon’s claim that it helps small business is not only insulting to hard-working owners of small retailers across the country, the data clearly show that it is simply not true,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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20 Nov

Novel Books Owner Advocates for Local Infrastructure and Planning Improvements

The city of Clarksburg, Maryland, recently broke ground on Phase 1 of a sewer extension project in its historic district after 15 years of advocacy efforts on the part of Novel Books’ Patrick Darby.

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20 Nov

Firestorm Books & Coffee Appeals City’s Attempt to Shut Down Syringe Exchange Program

“Since launching our co-op in 2008, we’ve never had the city investigate the content of our community calendar,” said Firestorm’s Libertie Valance. “‘Discriminatory’ is the only way to describe the city’s actions.”

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19 Nov

Three Lives & Company Owner Toby Cox on Amazon’s New York City Headquarters Plan

“Rather than consider changing his first name to ‘Amazon’ to get their headquarters, perhaps Governor Cuomo would think of changing his name to McNulty’s Tea or Katz’s Delicatessen to celebrate local and vibrant businesses,” writes Cox.

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14 Nov

ABA Responds to News of Amazon HQ2

In strongly worded letters to the governors of New York and Virginia, ABA protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to one of the world’s largest corporations.

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07 Nov

Resources Available to Support Booksellers’ Advocacy Efforts

The Local Policy Action Toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tools to advocate for local policies that support local economies. 

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07 Nov

Cellar Door Books’ Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Anti-LGBTQ Protester

These events “are critical opportunities to celebrate our common humanity, erasing fear and hatred — and we must continue them no matter who tries to shout us down,” said Cellar Door’s Linda Sherman-Nurick.

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07 Nov

Free Speech Still a Thing at Indie Bookstores

“Every day my e-mail inbox is filled to the brim with stories on attempts to censor,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan, but “independent bookstores remain a bastion of free expression and diversity.”

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06 Nov

Amazon Holds Advanced HQ2 Talks With Crystal City, New York City, and Dallas

The company’s request for proposals, which kicked off the search for a second location last year, led to a bidding war among 238 cities and regions, though the proposals have largely been kept under wraps.

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30 Oct

Small Business Majority to Host Webinar Series on Healthcare Law

The webinar series, “What the Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business,” will provide an overview of both federal and state provisions that affect small businesses.

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