Read-Out of Banned Books Begins

Individuals, bookstores, and libraries are demonstrating their support for free speech by uploading three-minute videos — either a reading from a challenged book or a description of a local censorship fight — to a special channel on YouTube as part of this month’s 30th anniversary celebration of Banned Books Week.

Federal Court Approves DOJā€™s Proposed Settlement in E-Book Pricing Case

This afternoon, New York Federal Judge Denise Cote issued an order entering as a final judgment the DOJ’s proposed settlement agreement with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster in the e-books antitrust litigation. This means that the three settling publishers are required to terminate all of their agency agreements and any agreement that restricts an e-book retailer’s discretion over pricing as soon as allowed under contract, typically, on 30 days’ notice.

ABFFE Urges Support for 30th Banned Books Week

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has issued a final call for support of the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6.

DOJ Urges Court to Enter Final Judgment in E-Book Settlement

On Wednesday, August 22, the Department of Justice filed a reply memorandum with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in which it dismissed arguments made in the latest round of filings regarding the proposed e-book pricing settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.

Bookstore Trouble Comes Out of the Blue

Trouble often arrives out of a clear blue sky, even during the lazy days of August. For three booksellers, trouble recently arrived in the form of First Amendent emergencies. ABFFE President Chris Finan explains how each dealt with the unexpected.

Video Urges Stores to Join Banned Books Read-Out

ABFFE has released a new video urging bookstores to join the national read-out from banned books that will be featured on YouTube during Banned Books Week, from September 30 to October 6.

Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Tax in California and Pennsylvania

The push for sales tax fairness in California and Pennsylvania, which came to a head in 2011, will bear fruit next month.

ABFFE Provides Tools for Banned Books Week

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is providing a variety of tools for booksellers who want to join in the celebration of the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, from September 30 - October 6.

Court Allows ABA and B&N Amicus Brief in DOJ Case

On Monday, August 6, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Denise Cote allowed the joint request by ABA and Barnes & Noble to file an amicus brief in regard to the Department of Justice’s proposed consent decree affecting publishers’ pricing of e-books and the agency model.

Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser

Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, has compiled some key points from a growing body of research that shows scale and ownership of business matter in ways that extend far beyond economic outcomes.

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