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ABA CEO writes open to letter Jeff Bezos — again
September 9, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Amazon is looking to take its fight against New York state sales tax to the U.S. Supreme Court; as reported by The Seattle Times last week, the company has retained the services of prominent lawyer Theodore Olson. Lower courts have ruled that Amazon would have to pay a sales tax similar to what brick-and-mortar stores pay now. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that states could only collect taxes from retailers that had a physical presence in the state. But New York State argued that Amazon’s referral program, Amazon Associates, gives the company a presence in New York. The state won. Interestingly, Amazon backs...

Independent bookstories see growth, not dying yet
August 12, 2013 | 7:53 am

[caption id="attachment_93907" align="aligncenter" width="674"] McIntyre Books in Pittsboro, N.C.[/caption] Death stories? Perhaps exaggerated. CNBC posted a story last week on independent bookshops. This didn’t spell out the doom and gloom we have come to expect, but rather painted a sunnier picture of indie bookstores. The article describes the challenges owners had to face and how many of them met the problems, even when Barnes & Nobles opened a few doors down. "Sales from independent bookstores in 2012 were up eight percent over 2011," said Dan Cullen a spokesman for the American Booksellers Association, a nonprofit trade group of independent bookstores. "We've got people opening...

ABA CEO bashes Amazon in open letter
August 9, 2013 | 7:15 pm

[caption id="attachment_93841" align="alignright" width="220"] Oren Teicher[/caption] The CEO of the American Booksellers Association posted an open letter on the current events in the bookselling world. Oren Teicher briefly touches upon J.K. Rowling news and Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post. However, the bulk of the letter was an angry rant toward Amazon. Here’s the crux of the argument: You and your bookselling colleagues know the real narrative of the Amazon story, but it’s important that we keep in mind the viewpoint and experience of our customers. Amazon’s public message of low prices and wide selection are, regrettably, the only story that many consumers know. You...

Independent Booksellers Week emphasizes role, plight of UK independent bookstores
June 28, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Independent Booksellers WeekThe UK Booksellers Association, under the auspices of IndieBound UK, "a community-oriented movement begun by the independent bookseller members of the American Booksellers Association and adopted into the UK in 2010," is backing Independent Booksellers Week (IBW),  "a national celebration of independent bookshops,"  due to run from June 29th to July 6th. IBW includes the inaugural Independent Booksellers Week Debate, "The Perfect Storm: Why bookshops are in the frontline in the battle for the High Street," at the Royal Festival Hall in London's South Bank Centre, at 6:30pm on July 3rd, as well as National Reading Group Day, which opens NBW...

Author John Green backs traditional booksellers, editors and publishers
June 5, 2013 | 10:47 pm

Author John Green is an Internet sensation. He has millions of followers through various channels such as Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr. Green recently was named Indie Champion by the American Booksellers Association. The ABA published his acceptance speech on YouTube last week, which I spotted on the Huffington Post today. His speech may be not NSFW, but he gives a heartfelt rant about the power and necessity of tools of traditional publishing: “I am sometimes held up as an example of someone who is like changing the publishing paradigm or whatever because I have a lot of Tumblr followers or YouTube subscribers and I...

Morning Links: Amazon promises faster royalty payments
March 19, 2013 | 8:55 am

Morning LinksNearly One-Third of US Adults Have Abandoned a News Outlet Due to Dissatisfaction (Poynter) Wiley Launches Digital Classroom, Video and eBook Learning Site (Digital Book World) ABA Announces Celebrate with Indies Program (Good e-Reader) Amazon Publishing Promises Authors Faster Royalty Payments (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra (and 3 others)...

Starting this Friday, save $20 on the Kobo Mini e-reader
January 21, 2013 | 10:30 am

Our friends over at Good E-Reader alerted us this morning to a Valentine's  Day promotion that's being planned by the good folks at Kobo: Starting this Friday, January 25, and running all the way through Valentine's Day (Thursday, February 14), the fantastic and too-small-to-be-believed Kobo Mini e-reader will be available for just $59.99—that's a full $20 off the Mini's regular retail price. According to Good E-Reader, "Patrons will ... also get a free [SnapBack] case in the color of their choice." Where can you take advantage of the deal? Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if it'll be offered online, although I'm not...

PRESS RELEASE: Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces
August 29, 2012 | 1:55 pm

From PaidContent: Toronto-based ebook retailer Kobo has signed a deal with the American Booksellers Association to let independent bookstores sell its ebooks through their websites, replacing the ABA’s deal with Google, which was set to end in January. Editor's note: The following is a press release that was distributed today by the American Booksellers Association. KOBO AND INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND EREADING ACROSS THE U.S. Kobo Technology Powers eBooks and eReaders for Local Bookstores NEW YORK - August 29, 2012 - Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today announced a...

Barnes & Noble, American Booksellers Association to file amicus curae brief in DoJ anti-trust case
July 31, 2012 | 7:03 pm

Well, that didn’t take long. In the wake of the Department of Justice’s response to the hundreds of comments it received regarding its proposed anti-trust settlement with three alleged agency pricing conspirator publishers, PaidContent reports that the American Booksellers Association and Barnes & Noble have sought permission from Judge Denise Cote to file an amicus curae (“friend of the court”) brief in the case. Judge Cote has granted permission to file such a brief by August 15th. The ABA and B&N discuss the sorts of things they’re likely to say in the 10-page filing (PDF) in which they...

Update from ABA CEO on progress towards an e-book solution
June 22, 2012 | 9:43 am

ABA logo 8 From the American Bookseller's Association website: Following the busy days of BookExpo America, I wanted to give you a brief update on a very important issue: ABA’s implementation of a new e-book solution for indie booksellers.  As I noted in my report at the Annual Membership Meeting at BEA, the American Booksellers Association completely understands the importance of your ability to continue to offer your customers a convenient and competitive way to purchase e-books. Quite simply, you have our assurance that well in advance of Google’s January 2013 termination of their reseller program there will be a new e-book solution in place for ABA...

American Booksellers Association CEO asks DoJ to punish collusion but allow agency pricing
June 16, 2012 | 1:37 am

American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher has posted the text of his letter to the Justice Department commenting on the proposed antitrust settlement with the three Agency Five publishers who agreed to settle. As with the recent Barnes & Noble filing, Teicher concentrates on the harm that such a settlement would allow Amazon to do to its competition—in this case the independent bookstores that make up the ABA. Teicher points out that agency pricing is the only thing that allowed independent bookstores selling e-books through the ABA’s IndieCommerce subsidiary (currently using Google Books’s reseller program, but changing to another...

American Booksellers Association joins Amazon publishing boycott
February 9, 2012 | 8:40 am

aba-logo1Publishers Weekly reports that the American Booksellers Association has become the latest bookstore entity to join the boycott of books produced by Amazon’s publishing arm. Indeed, the ABA’s for-profit subsidiary, IndieCommerce, has begun removing those titles from its database. IndieCommerce director Matt Supko wrote in an email announcement that the move was in response to Amazon’s policy of “locking in e-book exclusives which other retailers are not allowed to sell.” IndieCommerce has adopted a new policy of listing only “titles that are made available to retailers for sale in all available formats”. Individual bookstores can still choose to carry...