american booksellers association

Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those arguments “highly unorthodox,” she goes over them with the help of some anti-trust experts. The [...]

Independent bookstore Kobo e-book partnership fizzles

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Denver Post checks in with independent bookstores taking part in the American Booksellers Association and Kobo’s program to allow independent bookstores to sell e-books. It finds out that the program is not going so well, either in terms of profit per book or in the number of people actually [...]

Kobo, American Booksellers Association launch ‘eRead Local’ promotion to boost bookstore e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

Kobo is launching a new program in conjunction with the American Booksellers Association to promote the sale of e-books in independent bookstores, reports Publishers Weekly. “eRead Local” will run for 100 days, and provide $5 to participating ABA members for each new customer they deliver, as [...]

Amazon/Hachette: Colbert, the ABA, Amazon’s reputation, and Hachette layoffs

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

More Amazon/Hachette news bites: Stephen Colbert has apparently been taken in by the Hachette hype; he did a couple of segments on his show lambasting Amazon for making it harder for people to buy his books, including an interview with author Sherman Alexie. J.A. Konrath was not amused, firing back [...]

Robinson-Patman, Amazon, the publishers, and the ABA: Where’s the lawsuit? (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Two different op-eds have popped up on CNN and Al Jazeera suggesting that Amazon, big bully that it is in the Hachette negotiation, needs to be taken down a peg under the Robinson-Patman Act. (If you didn’t hear a raspy voice say “I’m Patman” when I mentioned the name of that law, I’m [...]

ABA CEO writes open to letter Jeff Bezos — again

By libertyc
September 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Independent bookstories see growth, not dying yet

By libertyc
August 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

McIntyre Books in Pittsboro, N.C. 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 [...]

ABA CEO bashes Amazon in open letter

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

Oren Teicher 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 [...]

Independent Booksellers Week emphasizes role, plight of UK independent bookstores

By libertyc
June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

The 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 [...]

Author John Green backs traditional booksellers, editors and publishers

By libertyc
June 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Morning Links: Amazon promises faster royalty payments

By libertyc
March 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Nearly 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 [...]

Starting this Friday, save $20 on the Kobo Mini e-reader

By Dan Eldridge
January 21, 2013 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces

By libertyc
August 29, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Barnes & Noble, American Booksellers Association to file amicus curae brief in DoJ anti-trust case

By libertyc
July 31, 2012 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Update from ABA CEO on progress towards an e-book solution

By Paul Biba
June 22, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

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