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22 May
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Booksellers Urged to Write Lawmakers in Cities With Losing Amazon HQ2 Proposals

State lawmakers can be encouraged to use the resources they had earmarked for the online giant to support local communities and their independent businesses instead.

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20 May

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Having Conversations About the Importance of Shopping Local

Bookselling This Week talked with Billie Bloebaum of Third Street Books about how she navigates conversations with friends, family, customers, and authors about the value of shopping local.

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03 Apr

New York State Imposes Tax on Marketplace Providers

On March 31, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a budget that significantly changes the legal obligations regarding sales tax collection for “internet marketplace providers.”

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27 Mar

ABFE Criticizes Congressman for Challenging Amazon on Anti-Vaccine Titles

After Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Jeff Bezos regarding anti-vaccine titles on Amazon, the American Booksellers for Free Expression defended the site's right to sell legally published materials some may find objectionable. 

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19 Mar
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Arlington County Approves Incentives for Amazon

At a March 16 public hearing, the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to approve $23 million in incentives for Amazon to establish its second corporate headquarters in the Virginia city.

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12 Mar
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Governor Cuomo Asks Amazon to Return to New York

The governor’s letter followed Amazon’s February decision to cancel plans to establish one of its two new corporate headquarters in Queens, New York.

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11 Mar
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Second Star to the Right Asks Denver Readers to #ChooseIndie

As Amazon Books opened its first Denver storefront last week, Second Star to the Right Books penned a letter to the city’s readers to remind them of the wonder of the city’s independent bookstores.

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20 Feb
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Amazon Abandons Plans for Long Island City Headquarters

The incentives package offered by New York City and State to Amazon had been met with significant community resistance, including from independent businesses, unions, and residents. 

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13 Feb

New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon’s online retail sales. 

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16 Jan
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ABA Asks New York City Council to Include Indie Businesses in Upcoming Amazon HQ2 Hearing

ABA’s letter expresses disappointment that the city’s independent retailers have been excluded from an upcoming Finance Committee hearing on New York’s deal with Amazon.

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09 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Submit Comments on Amazon HQ2 Deal to New York City Council

The City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?” on Wednesday, January 30.

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19 Dec
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New York City Council Holds Hearing to Discuss Amazon Deal

The level of public subsidies offered by New York City and New York State to Amazon has raised questions and concerns among some elected officials and city residents.

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05 Dec

Independent Businesses Request Meetings With Governors in Response to Amazon’s HQ2

On behalf of more than 80 independent businesses in New York and Virginia, ABA sent letters to Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam opposing the massive subsidies the states have offered Amazon.

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28 Nov

Announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 Locations Met With Criticism

Backlash to Amazon’s plan to establish headquarters in neighborhoods in New York and Virginia is coming from politicians and members of the affected communities, including booksellers.

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21 Nov
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Amazon E-mail Tells Small Businesses It Helps Them “Thrive”

“Amazon’s claim that it helps small business is not only insulting to hard-working owners of small retailers across the country, the data clearly show that it is simply not true,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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