Friday, July 31, is the last day for booksellers to add their stores’ names to the American Booksellers Association’s letter calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the business practices of Amazon.com.
On July 13, the group Authors United delivered a letter to the DOJ appealing for an investigation of Amazon’s “abuse of its dominance in the world of books.” On the same day, ABA wrote to the DOJ, urging the department to give “careful consideration” to the letter sent by Authors United. (To read both letters in full, click here.) The Authors Guild and the Association of Authors’ Representatives also expressed their support of the group’s action. (See this week’s related story.)
In an e-mail on July 22 from CEO Oren Teicher, ABA invited member bookstores to add their names to the association’s letter to the DOJ. “Because we believe that this outreach to the DOJ is so important, ABA wants to give the largest number of independent bookstore members the opportunity to become co-signers of our letter,” said Teicher.
ABA member stores can add their names as signatories to the ABA letter by sending an e-mail with their name, store name, city, and state to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31.