American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)


Organizational Description:

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship. Founded by the American Booksellers Association in 1990, ABFFE’s mission is to promote and protect the free exchange of ideas, particularly those contained in books, by opposing restrictions on the freedom of speech; issuing statements on significant free expression controversies; participating in legal cases involving First Amendment rights; collaborating with other groups with an interest in free speech; and providing education about the importance of free expression to booksellers, other members of the book industry, politicians, the press and the public.

Services Provided:

  • Assistance and educational resources for booksellers facing government subpoenas or complaints and protests on First Amendment-protected materials
  • How-to guides for booksellers handling controversial materials or author appearances
  • Information on reader privacy and the freedom to read
  • Regular updates on pertinent First Amendment issues
  • Banned Books Week Resource Guide

Primary Issues of Focus:

  • Freedom to Read
  • Reader Privacy
  • Book Bans and Challenges
  • Government Secrecy
  • Reporters’ Privilege and Confidential Sources
  • Academic Freedom

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