*+-The Culture Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Poland have joined together to campaign for the EC to charge the same VAT for ebook sales as print.
*+-France’s Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE) has launched a social media campaign to encourage readers to support the fight for a lower VAT on ebooks.
*+-Czechs are ranked among the most avid readers in Europe and a campaign is afoot to reduce what is seen as an excessive 15% VAT rate on books.
*+-Outgoing president of the European and International Booksellers Federation John McNamee discusses interoperability for ebooks, VAT, and offers advice for future survival in the book biz.
*+-By nixing DRM and selling in the MOBI format, Poland’s ebook players are making strides forward, but the market is still fragmented.
*+-At the Guadalajara Book Fair, Bill McCoy of the IDPF and Pablo Defendini of Safari Books encouraged publishers to abandon DRM, and set their own prices.
*+-As part of austerity measures VAT on e-books has been raised to 21% in Spain, a move that is likely to slow growth in the nascent segment.
*+-Just like in the US, the EC has turned e-book pricing and taxation into a drama. If e-books are books, just like any other, then why all the furor?
*+-Bold-faced names in European publishing met in Brussels with the EC, where they signed a single market declaration favoring open borders for e-books.
*+-France’s new Minister of Culture said the VAT rate for books would return to 5.5%, following its raise to 7% in April under Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.