Even as the UK’s Publishers Association opens its ‘Love Audio’ campaign, London hasn’t taken the cue from Brussels and dropped its VAT rate on audiobooks.
With the London Book Fair’s trade-show carpet still warm from the busy week’s footfall, Livre Paris 2019 has opened today, and L’Europe est à l’Honneur—Europe herself is the guest of honor.
At both the national and European level, many are welcoming the arrival of the EU’s amendment, allowing member markets to tax ebooks and other digital formats at the same rate as print.
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.
Facing what he calls Romania’s ‘extremely shameful record’ in literacy and book culture, Bucharest MP Ovidiu Raeţchi is talking up his ‘Pact for Books’ aimed at boosting book sales.
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.
With ‘a lot of anxiety to many businesses as they grapple with the full implications’ of the European Union’s new data privacy regulations, the UK’s Publishers Association launches a special toolkit for its member publishers.
Booksellers applaud the decision to exclude sales of ebooks and copyrighted material from the EU’s proposed legislation to curb geo-blocking.
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.