A new decision allows EU member states to align VAT rates on print books and ebooks if they choose to, instead of a 15% minimum for electronic services.
‘The share of income from rights has steadily increased from 72 percent in 2013 to 80 percent in 2016,’ says the UK’s Publishers Association, in a report released this summer.
In the UK, literary festivals report that invited authors from the Middle East and Africa are increasingly seeing their visa applications denied.
The Publishers Association released 2017 statistics on the UK book market, emphasizing strong export sales and the book industry’s economic contribution ahead of Brexit.
Taking on the critics who say that TV and film are eroding publishing, the Publishers Association’s report asserts that the best—and top-earning—productions ‘begin with a book.’
The text of acclaimed Illustrator of the Year Axel Scheffler’s comments at the British Book Awards this week makes Brexit more personal for many, as an intensely valued and celebrated publishing artist tells London: ‘It hurts and makes me angry every day.’
‘We can’t have books stuck in dockside waiting for customs clearance,’ points out Hodder Education’s Lis Tribe, as publishers work to inform the government of the industry’s Brexit concerns.
Anne Bergman-Tahon offers the European perspective on Brexit, addressing the UK’s ‘positive approach to licensing’ and the status of EU workers in the UK.
‘We have to be realistic about the European market,’ says the Publishers Association’s Stephen Lotinga. ‘It’s been declining over the last five years.’
‘What we are producing is to be relied upon in this world of fake news.’ This, says Orion’s Katie Espiner, is global book publishing’s message today.