E-commerce

22 Nov

Stores Encouraged to Return New IndieCommerce Contract ASAP

Last week, ABA members with IndieCommerce websites received an e-mail communication from ABA COO Len Vlahos that included a new IndieCommerce contract, which must be signed in order for stores to be able to sell Google Editions when they launch.

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04 Nov

NY Court: State’s Sales Tax Fairness Law Is Constitutional

The New York State appellate court has dismissed Amazon.com and Overstock’s claims substantively challenging the constitutionality of New York State’s sales tax fairness law. The decision represents a significant victory for proponents of sales tax equity.

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04 Nov

Amazon Cases in NC and TX Put Spotlight on Sales Tax Fairness

Following a recent federal court decision and steps taken by the Texas Department of Revenue to collect sales tax that it contends is due from Amazon.com, a number of editorials have been published decrying Amazon’s refusal to collect sales tax.

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28 Oct

Judge Rules North Carolina Must Narrow Amazon Data Request

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled this week that Amazon.com would not have to comply with the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s request for data revealing the identities of North Carolina customers and “detailed records of their purchases, including the expressive content.”

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22 Oct

State of Texas Assesses Amazon for $269 Million in Uncollected Sales Tax

The State of Texas has issued an assessment charging that Amazon.com owes the state some $269 million in uncollected sales tax, including interest and penalties, for the period from December 2005 to December 2009. Amazon.com reported the assessment in its September 30 quarterly filing with the SEC.

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09 Sep

Support Urged for Main Street Fairness Act

ABA has sent an e-mail urging its bookstore members nationwide to write to both their U.S. representatives and senators in support of the Main Street Fairness Act.

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26 Aug

Op-Ed Supporting California Sales Tax Fairness Provision Now Available

ABA, NCIBA, and SCIBA have made available an op-ed in support of an e-fairness provision in California's proposed budget.

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19 Aug

NCIBA, SCIBA, & ABA Urge Support of E-Fairness Provision in CA's Proposed Budget

This week, the American Booksellers Association, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and Southern California Independent Booksellers Association reached out to their respective California members in support of an e-fairness provision in California's proposed budget. The groups urged their bookseller members to contact their lawmakers and to ask them to support the sales tax fairness provision.

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05 Aug

ABA Responds to New Republic's "In Defense of Amazon"

ABA CEO Oren Teicher recently sent a Letter to the Editor of The New Republic in response to Senior Editor Ruth Franklin's piece "In Defense of Amazon."

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28 Jul

Selling Gift Cards on Your Website: You Can Do It Better

When Robert Sindelar of Third Place Books tried to buy gift cards via the websites of several major indie bookstores in another city, he was very surprised by what he found.

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14 Jul

ABA Urges Booksellers to Support Main Street Fairness Act

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher thanked Rep. William Delahunt for introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, and he encouraged booksellers nationwide to write to their legislators to express support for the bill.

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08 Jul

Rep. Delahunt Introduces Sales Tax Fairness Bill

Rep. William Delahunt has introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, which would authorize the 24 states that are part of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax on orders in their states.

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01 Jul

Strong Websites Increase Indies' Reach

As a growing number of independent booksellers look to make their online presence a key part of their store identity, it is important to ensure that the bookstore website is as productive as possible.

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10 Jun

North Carolina Provides Clarification on Amazon Use Tax Challenge

According to North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) Secretary Kenneth R. Lay, his department has no interest in obtaining, nor did it ask for, title-specific book data from Amazon.com in the state's efforts to enforce its use tax laws.

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27 May

ABA IndieCommerce Sites to Offer Google Editions

Google Editions offers a "a new, exciting twist on e-books," ABA COO Len Vlahos told a standing-room-only audience at Tuesday afternoon's session featuring Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for Google. The session was part of ABA's Day of Education, sponsored by Ingram.

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