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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22 May

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

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

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

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

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

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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