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Book Petition



THE PETITION:

This is so important to the small independent bookseller, please
take a

moment to sign. If you are the 50th, 100th, 150th signature,
please
e-mail

the petition to the AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION, e-mail
address :

ab-info@bookweb.org .

PETITION TO BLOCK BARNES & NOBLE AQUISITION OF INGRAM

This petition will be sent to the Congress, Department of Justice
and
the

Federal Trade Commission to block Barnes & Noble's proposed
acquisition
of

the Ingram Book Company, the single largest supplier of books to
small

bookstores across the country. This acquisition, should it be
allowed to

take place, is just one more example of the large scale corporate

consolidation that has infiltrated every corner of our culture.

As the desire intensifies to increase bottom line profits, no
matter
what

the other consequences, so does the concentration of power in the
book

industry. Consumers are left with an environment in which fewer
and
fewer

people are deciding which books published and ultimately, which
books

Americans can read and buy. Barnes & Noble has already entered
into an

alliance with the $14 billion media giant, German-owned
Bertelsmann AG.

Now with Barnes and Noble's proposed acquisition of the billion
dollar

Ingram Book Company, there can be little doubt that the book
industry is

falling prey to the same anti-competitive ills that currently
plague

computer software and other industries. This deal would make
independent

bookstores virtually dependent upon their largest competitor for
their

books.

We need your help. As a patron of independent booksellers, please
sign
the

petition to help us lobby the government to stop this proposed
merger.

Please exercise your right as a citizen and tell the government
how you

feel. We sincerely thank you for your support.



1. Meg Gouraud, Canon City, CO

2. Pat Wiles, Guffey, CO

3. Chris Rivers, Guffey, CO

4. Shiner Antiorio, Asheville. NC

5. Toba Spitzer, Watertown MA

6. Melissa Minkin, Los Angeles, CA

7. tova stabin, eugene, OR

8. Aurora Levins Morales, Berkeley, CA

9. Luz Guerra, Austin, TX

10. Marianne Bueno, San Antonio, TX

11. Louis Mendoza, San Antonio, Texas

12. Bryce Milligan, San Antonio, TX

13. Rose Catacalos, Stanford, CA

14. Perla Cavazos, Austin, TX

15. Tammy Gomez, Austin, TX

16. Jennifer Cardenas, Austin, TX

17. Sandra Soto, Austin, TX

18. Ralph E. Rodriguez, Corvallis, OR

19. Robert Masciola, Silver Spring, MD

20. Manny Pastreich, Palo Alto, CA

21. Sissy Wood, San Francisco, CA

22. Viviana Rennella, San Francisco, CA

23. Bettina Mok, Oakland, CA

24. Aaron Cozen, San Francisco, CA

25. Tim Drew, Seattle, WA

26. Christopher Michael Humes, Oakland, CA

27. Lark Pien, San Francisco, CA

28. Jae Hyun Chang, New York, NY

29. Michelle Kriebel , San Francisco, CA

30. Heidi Franklin, Orono, ME

31. Nicholas Wolff, Boothbay Harbor, ME

32. Justin Wolff, Jamestown, RI

33. Phoebe Simpson, Providence, RI


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