Even as the VAT rates changed, Italy saw a rise in print sales in 2015 after a five-year decline.
Wrapping up the year, Publishing Perspectives contributors share their top books of the 2015. Jaroslaw Adamowski chooses books related to current events.
A law in Romania allows prisoners who publish books to cut months off their sentences. Several imprisoned politicians and businessmen have taken advantage.
Poland is dominated by two major bookselling chains, but the city of Krakow is offering support to small, indie booksellers to preserve cultural heritage.
Read Forward, a Romanian startup which developed the first digital textbook in the Romanian market, launched its first international office in London.
A government-sponsored program in Poland is bringing digital textbooks to primary, middle and high schools across 14 subjects of the national curriculum.
In Romania, online sales now account for 20% of the $110 million book market, with interest in ebooks and English-language titles also on the rise.
Romanian publishers are merely ‘surviving’ says the publishers association, and may suffer more if the government imposes a new tax on cultural goods.
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.