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As Avid Readers, Czechs Campaign for Lower VAT on Books


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.

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Irish Bookseller John McNamee on EIBF and European Competition

John McNamee of Easons Bookshops in Ireland, recently stepped down as President of the EIBF.

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.

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Polish Ebook Industry Players Eye Rapid Market Expansion


By nixing DRM and selling in the MOBI format, Poland’s ebook players are making strides forward, but the market is still fragmented.

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Why Publishers Need to Collaborate with Tech Companies

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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.

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Spain Hikes E-book VAT to 21%, Likely Slowing Growth

Antonio María Ávila

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.

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Why is Europe’s E-books Policy So Schizophrenic?

European VAT on Books

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?

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European Publishers Meet with EC, Endorse Single Market for E-books


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.

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New French Government Drops VAT on Books From 7% to 5.5%

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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.

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Taking E-book VAT to the Mat

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, Publishers Association, UK

UK consumers pay 20% VAT on e-books but 0% on print books. The Publishers Association wants the ‘stark anomaly’ of different book taxes rectified, says Chief Executive Richard Mollet.

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Spain’s Got a Digital Piracy Problem, says El País Journalist

Antonio Fraguas Garrido

In 2011, 49% of e-book content online in Spain was distributed without the proper copyright holders’ permission, says El Pais’ Antonio Fraguas Garrido.

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