Louisiana Law Levels Playing Field for Main Street Retailers

    Starting April 1, certain remote retailers will be required to collect and remit Louisiana sales tax, as a result of e-fairness legislation passed earlier this month.

    New Localism Toolkit a Boon to Booksellers

    Kevin Gillies of City Stacks Books & Coffee and Nina Barrett of Bookends & Beginnings will be using some of the many resources in ABA’s New Localism Toolkit to educate customers, elected officials, and others about the need for public policies that ensure the health of locally owned businesses and their communities.

    Amazon Delivers Hardship for Local Business Owners

    In an op-ed that first appeared in the Daily Californian, Amy Thomas, the president of Pegasus Books, explains why we should all be concerned that Amazon continues to create an existential crisis that affects more than bookstores.

    Booksellers Urged to Ask Lawmakers to Investigate Amazon Antitrust Violations

    ABA is urging each of its bookseller members to reach out to their lawmakers and ask that they investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations.

    A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

    ABA’s New Localism initiative and the opportunities and new resources available to booksellers to effect changes in public policy are the subject of ABA CEO Oren Teicher’s bimonthly letter to members.

    New Handout Promotes Linking to Indie Bookstores for Book Sales

    To address an ongoing challenge facing indie booksellers, ABA has created a customizable handout that encourages authors and other hosts of consumer websites to link to independent bookstores for book sales.

    New Localism Toolkit Launches

    ABA has released a New Localism Toolkit to help booksellers educate their staff, their customers, elected officials, and the media about the latest relevant data regarding the localism movement.

    Independent Bookstore Day Tools Available to Help Booksellers Plan Celebrations

    On the Independent Bookstore Day website, booksellers can now find a searchable map of stores participating in the April 30 celebration, a gallery of merchandise photos, and a slideshow of tips for making their events a success.

    Winter Institute’s New Localism Sessions Now on Video

    Booksellers can now watch videos of three Winter Institute 11 sessions on the New Localism movement: “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” “City Growth and Downtown Math,” and “The New Localism.”

    Find Waldo Local Preregistration Extended to March 8

    Preregistration to participate in the fifth anniversary year of Find Waldo Local has been extended for an additional week, to Tuesday, March 8.

    New Localism Toolkit Coming Next Week

    ABA will release a New Localism toolkit next week to help booksellers both educate community members and elected officials about the latest relevant data regarding the localism movement and better advocate in support of public policy that promotes vibrant and diverse communities.

    BTW News Briefs

    Donald Roseman joins Ingram Content Group as vice president of retail; Pulitzer Prizes centennial organizers issue reading challenge; SBA begins online matchmaking for small business loans


    New BookWeb Feature Shines Spotlight on Amazon

    Resources offering a wide range of information on Amazon and its effect on Main Street retailers can now be found in one place on BookWeb.org.

    Back and Forth: Backlist or the Body Politic? — A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

    ABA President Betsy Burton shares her method of facing the “problem” of returning to her bookstore from the Winter Institute with so many ideas to implement.

    Survey Finds Indie Businesses Growing, But Policies Favor Large Companies

    Independent businesses experienced healthy sales growth in 2015, buoyed by their strong community ties and growing public awareness of the benefits of locally owned businesses, according to the Independent Business Survey, released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.


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