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15 Jan

Understanding Marketplace Facilitator Laws

Marketplace facilitators are now required to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of third-party retailers in the 38 states with laws regarding sales tax collection for transactions on online marketplaces.

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20 Nov

Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing With Big Tech

“The grip that Big Tech now holds over our daily lives and our competitive landscape at the same time is astounding but also concerning,” said hearing leader Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez.

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19 Nov

ABA Board Urges State Attorneys General to Investigate Amazon

The Board has sent letters to the attorneys general of each state calling for an investigation into Amazon’s monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct. 

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19 Nov

Midtown Reader Aims to Connect With Customers in the Age of Alexa

In celebration of the store’s third anniversary, Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, partnered with a local production company to create a short video called “Ask Alexis.”

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05 Nov

Raven Book Store Owner Publishes “How to Resist Amazon and Why”

The 16-page zine features Caine’s October 2019 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a review of the case against Amazon, a compilation of Raven’s Twitter advocacy, and more.

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22 Oct

ABA Calls on State Attorneys General to Open Antitrust Investigation Into Amazon

In a comprehensive 22-page letter, ABA makes the case as to why Amazon is a burgeoning monopoly and provides a detailed review of Amazon’s anticompetitive conduct.

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04 Sep

A Statement From the American Booksellers Association on Amazon’s Early Release of “The Testaments”

ABA has been in communication with Penguin Random House to express our strong disappointment regarding this flagrant violation of the agreed protocol in releasing this book to the public.

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28 Aug

ABA Provides DOJ Antitrust Division With Information Ahead of Its Big Tech Review

“It is clear that Amazon is able to use its dominance to manipulate market structures, suppress competition, and harm consumers and other stakeholders,” ABA wrote in an August 28 letter.

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24 Jul

U.S. Department of Justice Will Review Business Practices of Big Tech

The DOJ review could indicate a significant change in the department’s stance in antitrust enforcement.

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22 Jul

European Commission Opens Formal Investigation into Amazon

The investigation aims to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that sell on its marketplace is in breach of European Union competition rules.

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17 Jul

Indie Booksellers Celebrate Shopping Local Instead of Amazon’s Prime Day

On July 15 and 16, indie booksellers across the country came up with creative social media posts and in-store promotions to remind shoppers of the importance of local businesses.

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17 Jul

House Antitrust Committee Holds Hearing on Market Power of Online Platforms

The subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses, including Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as well as representatives from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

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17 Jul

ABA Calls on FTC to Look Into Amazon Monopoly

In its letter, ABA illustrated how “industry trends and data clearly indicate that Amazon is well on its way to becoming a tech industry monopoly, and it is already a monopoly in the book industry.”

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09 Jul

Booksellers Aim to Bring Awareness to Indies on Amazon’s Prime Day

Green Apple Books has a number of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts planned for Prime Day; all indie booksellers are invited to adapt these posts for their own use.

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05 Jun

Amazon Being Scrutinized for Antitrust Violations, Reports Say

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law opened an investigation into whether big tech companies are in violation of antitrust laws.

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