E-commerce

20 Jul

Editorials Suggest Amazon.com Being Routed in Public Relations Battle

In a slew of recent editorials, columns, and op-eds, Amazon.com is being skewered for its attempts to avoid collecting and remitting California sales tax.

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14 Jul

Now Time to Promote Affiliate Programs

Recent moves by Amazon.com to circumvent sales tax equity legislation offer indie booksellers an opportunity to market their affiliate programs to recently fired affiliates, who are searching for alternatives.

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13 Jul

ABA Responds to Amazon.com’s Call for Referendum on Sales Tax Fairness

Just weeks after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sales tax fairness into law, Amazon.com has filed a petition with the California Attorney General’s Office seeking a voter referendum to overturn the law. In response, ABA, NCIBA, and SCIBA will be reaching out to the California Board of Equalization to urge the Board to enforce the law.

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07 Jul

California Booksellers Cheer Sales Tax Fairness Law

In the wake of the recent passage of California’s sales tax fairness law, booksellers expressed happiness at the hard-fought victory, noting that it creates a level playing field and will improve the state’s economy, add jobs, and help struggling businesses.

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07 Jul

Tennessee AG: State Can Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax

In a decision with potential ramifications for other states, Tennessee’s Office of the Attorney General recently issued an opinion stating that it was “constitutionally defensible” for a state to require a remote retailer with a distribution facility or subsidiary in the state to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

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30 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness Provision Passes in California

In a hard-fought and significant legislative victory, on Wednesday, June 29, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sales tax fairness provision into law. The e-fairness win for independent bookstores and Main Street retailers follows more than a decade of advocacy efforts, which saw sustained opposition and many near-victories.

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16 Jun

E-Book Sales Boom During Unbridled Promotion

Last week, independent bookstores experienced a significant jump in e-book sales thanks to Unbridled Books’ partnership with ABA, which featured the promotion of 25 e-books for 25 cents.

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15 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness Passes Louisiana House: Booksellers Urged to Call Senators

On Monday, June 13, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved legislation that would require remote retailers with online affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax for orders made by Louisiana residents.

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02 Jun

Performance Marketing Association Sues Over Affiliate Nexus Law

On Wednesday, June 1, the Performance Marketing Association, a trade association of online affiliates and large online retailers — including Amazon.com — filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ affiliate nexus law.

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02 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness: Two States Move Forward, Two Step Back

While California and Louisiana moved sales tax fairness bills forward this week, Texas and South Carolina blinked in their showdowns with Amazon.com.

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19 May

Unbridled Offers 25 eBooks for 25 Cents

Unbridled Books is partnering with the American Booksellers Association for a promotion that highlights 25 Unbridled eBooks for 25 cents. The titles, all Google eBooks™, will be available for 25 cents via IndieCommerce websites for three days, June 9 - 11.

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11 May

IndieCommerce Launches Mobile Theme, Givex Gift Cards for E-books, and More

Recent IndieCommerce improvements allow smartphone users who visit a bookstore’s website to see a special, mobile-optimized version of each page.  Customers can also now purchase Google eBooks™ using Givex gift cards.

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11 May

Publishers to Launch Bookish

On Friday, May 6, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster announced plans to launch Bookish, a new digital platform for readers, sometime this summer.

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05 May

ABA Urges South Carolina to Level Playing Field

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher called on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to support efforts to clarify existing tax laws to require companies with broad networks of online affiliates to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

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05 May

Pennsylvania Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, May 4, the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on sales tax fairness. Committee members heard testimony from both opponents and supporters of efforts to ensure that all retailers collect sales tax for online sales.

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