20 Dec

IndieCommerce Contract Deadline January 31

All stores with IndieCommerce websites – whether or not they wish to sell Google eBooks™ – must have a new contract and ACH Authorization Form on file with ABA by January 31, 2011.

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15 Dec

Calls for Sales Tax Fairness Dominate Holiday Headlines

While just a few years ago media reports usually emphasized the uniqueness of online – and very often sales-tax-free – shopping, this year’s articles have a decidedly different tenor: A much greater percentage are pointing out the incongruities and inequities inherent in the failure to collect mandated sales tax.

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15 Dec

Watchful Eye Needed for Online Orders

With online sales increasing each year, and especially at holiday time, when the push is on to fill orders as quickly as possible, booksellers with e-commerce websites need to be diligent in watching for scams.

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09 Dec

New FAQ Addresses Tough Questions About Google eBooks Pricing

Since the launch of Google eBooks™ earlier this week, the most common questions asked by participating IndieCommerce stores are about pricing, especially as it relates to titles from publishers that have not adopted an agency model. To help answer booksellers’ questions, the FAQ “Tough Questions and Answers About Google eBooks Pricing” has been added to the resources available on IndieCommerce.com.

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06 Dec

Independent Bookstores Now Selling Google eBooks™

ABA announced today, Monday, December 6, 2010, that member stores with IndieCommerce websites are now selling Google eBooks™ online.

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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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