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20 Dec

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor: Time Has Come for Honest Conversation About Digital Monopolies

New York Times op-ed contributor Jonathan Taplin calls into question the market dominance of Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon, especially in comparison to the proposed AT&T–Time Warner merger.

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16 Dec

Important IndieCommerce Fraud Alert

At least nine IndieCommerce stores recently received fraudulent orders using stolen credit card numbers. Because the amounts were under $40, they were hard to detect.

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30 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Binc Foundation launches “Think Binc” fundraising campaign; E-commerce tops shopping in brick-and-mortar stores over Black Friday weekend; Esteemed authors and translators to attend 2016 New Literature From Europe Festival; Book Industry Study Group expands 2017 programming; Forbes and Advantage Media Group launch ForbesBooks

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29 Nov

Sales Tax Update: Wyoming and Ohio

Wyoming and Ohio took steps in November to impose a tax on out-of-state businesses that lack a physical presence in the state.

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02 Nov

Beware of Unusually Large Phone Orders for Textbooks

Stores are once again receiving telephone orders for a large number of textbooks that are being placed using stolen credit cards.

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02 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Pat Conroy Literary Center names Jonathan Haupt as first executive director; Amazon’s non-prime members pay more for books; 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards longlist announced; Marilyn Nelson named winner of NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

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25 Oct

NAIBA Keynote Focuses on Sharing the New Localism Message

How booksellers can become more effective advocates on public policy and make the case for fair business practices was the focus of a keynote presentation at the NAIBA fall conference.

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21 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Writers Digest Banned Books Week sale to benefit ABFE; Brian O’Leary named new BISG executive director; Reading Without Walls Challenge pilot program begins; Amazon Books to open Boston-area store; Ingram Content Group adds three new associates

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21 Sep

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax on D.C. Purchases

Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington, D.C., in October. The decision appears to be related to Amazon’s desire to open a storefront location in the District.

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14 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Binc Co-Ambassador Ann Patchett films promotional video; ABFE joins protest over bookstore boycott; AAP CEO Tom Allen to step down; Bloomsbury USA restructures; NBF Director Lisa Lucas talks to NYT Magazine; Books Are My Bag Readers Awards to launch; Amazon to open dozens of pop-up stores in malls; Sharon Olds wins 2016 Wallace Stevens Award; FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award short list announced

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07 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Chicago booksellers’ response to coming Amazon store draws media coverage; SIBA trade show to move to spring in 2018; Counterpoint Press to merge with Catapult; John Ingram to receive 2016 BISG Award for Excellence; Oprah’s Book Club selects Love Warrior; Shortlist for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize revealed; Winners of William Saroyan International Prize for Writing announced

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31 Aug

BTW News Briefs

Thirty prospective and existing booksellers attend Paz workshop; Amazon to open bookstore in Chicago; German publishers, booksellers join petition for free expression in Turkey; Penguin Random House introduces Subway Reads; Globe Pequot launches Lone Star Books; Pen Center USA announces award winners; Wendell Berry to receive Voice of the Heartland Award; Thurber Prize finalists, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winners announced

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24 Aug

IndieCommerce: Website Security, SIBA16 Meetings & More

The August 24 IndieCommunication newsletter features updates on a move to HTTPS everywhere, one-on-one meetings at the SIBA trade show, a schedule change for ACH transfers, and other news.

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17 Aug

BTW News Briefs

B&N announces CEO’s departure; Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Alabama; PEN/Nabokov Award revived to honor international writers; Christian Robinson to illustrate 2017 Children’s Book Week poster; Sesame Street and Running Press team up

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12 Jul

Retailer Websites and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Here is background on the American With Disabilities Act as it relates to retail websites, a look at changes ABA has made to the IndieCommerce platform, and action steps for ABA members with online stores.

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