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The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression was founded by the American Booksellers Association in 1990 following the death threats against booksellers and others involved in the distribution of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. Its mission is to defend the First Amendment rights of booksellers and their customers: ABFFE tracks censorship legislation, files amicus briefs in important First Amendment cases and generally acts as the spokesman for booksellers on free speech issues.

Over the last year, ABFFE has:

Participated as a plaintiff in ACLU v. Reno, the lawsuit challenging a federal Internet censorship law that would make it impossible to sell books online that are "harmful to minors"; a federal judge in Philadelphia issued a preliminary injunction on Feb. 1.

Fought Kenneth Starr’s effort to subpoena the records of Monica Lewinsky’s purchases at Kramerbooks, a Washington bookstore. As a result of our efforts, which cost ABFFE and ABA over $100,000, the court ruled that Starr’s subpoena violated the First Amendment and must be narrowed.

Joined an amicus brief supporting Oprah Winfrey who has been sued by Texas beef producers over her statement that she would not eat beef because she was afraid of mad cow disease; the cattlemen claim that Oprah violated a Texas food disparagement law that bans false statements about agricultural products. The amicus discusses why such "veggie libel" laws threaten First Amendment rights.

Mailed over 700 promotional kits to independent booksellers who participated in Banned Books Week, the only national anti-censorship promotion that is conducted annually; ABFFE and ABA cosponsor Banned Books Week with the American Library Association and the Association of American Publishers.


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The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is a not-for-profit charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax-deductible.


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