Free Expression

30 Sep

Booksellers’ Creativity on Display During Banned Books Week

Nationwide, bookstores are putting their own unique spins on Banned Books Week (September 27 to October 3) with creative even

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24 Sep

Around Indies

Ink Spell Books collects donations for fire victims; An Unlikely Story featured on TODAY show; Books Inc. video celebrates Banned Books Week; Michael Barnard marks 20 years at helm of Rakestraw Books

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24 Sep

Banned Books Week Announces Social Media Plans

There will be an explosion of activity on social media when Banned Books Week launches this Sunday, September 27. To help get the ball rolling, the event’s sponsors have announced several ways in which everyone can use the Internet to promote the freedom to read.

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24 Sep

A New Frontier in the Fight for Reader Privacy

In his latest column, ABFE Director Chris Finan discusses why ABA has filed an amicus brief in the latest ACLU challenge to an NSA surveillance program. Reader privacy is at stake.

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10 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Perseus Books Group back on the market; WNDB announces winner of first short story contest; Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition to honor Joyce Meskis

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10 Sep

Booksellers and Librarians File Brief in New NSA Case

The American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined the American Library Association and other library groups in urging a federal court to limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance of international electronic communications, including those relating to the purchase and use of books.

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31 Aug

Celebrate Banned Books Week With Special Offers, Eye-Catching Displays

Booksellers planning celebrations for Banned Books Week (September 27–October 3) can take advantage of an additional discount on a wide range of banned and challenged titles, as well as downloadable Banned Books Week-themed designs.

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27 Aug

Ingram Banned Books Week Promotion Starts Monday

Just in time for this year’s Banned Books Week, the Ingram Content Group is offering an additional discount on a list of 450 banned and challenged titles on ipage®, Ingram’s search and order content platform.

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27 Aug

Delaware Approves Online Reader Privacy Law

On January 1, 2016, a new law will go into effect in Delaware that requires all “book service providers” with online sales exceeding two percent of their gross sales to protect the privacy of customer information.

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20 Aug

Flyleaf Addresses “King & King” Controversy With All-Family Event

Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is hosting an all-family story time and book drive on August 22 in response to a recent controversy over the book King & King, which led two educators at a nearby school to resign.

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20 Aug

Meet Booksellers’ Advocates for Free Expression and Public Policy Issues

American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan and ABA Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan discuss their roles advocating on behalf of ABA members.

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20 Aug

What the Polls Say About Free Speech in the United States

In his monthly opinion column, ABFE Director Chris Finan looks at troubling results from recent polls on Americans’ understanding of their First Amendment rights as well as their feelings towards censorship.

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13 Aug

Organizing a Banned Books Week Event: A Q&A With Tom Campbell of The Regulator Bookshop

Regulator Bookshop owner Tom Campbell talks to ABFE Director Chris Finan about how easy he found it to organize a program of readings by local authors and others from banned books, an event he plans to reprise for Banned Books Week.

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05 Aug

All-New Marketing Designs Unveiled for Banned Books Week

Booksellers planning celebrations for Banned Books Week, which takes place this year from September 27 to October 3, can enhance their displays with a variety of all-new, downloadable Banned Books Week-themed designs for use on posters, bookmarks, T-shirts, and more. 

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22 Jul

311 Reasons to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Though the reported number of book challenges has fallen, statistics do not give a full picture, says ABFE Director Chris Finan. “The reality is that censorship is still a problem in this country, and most of the victims are kids. Sometimes books are literally taken out of their hands.”

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