Richard Charkin looks back at his four decades with the UK’s Publishers Association and the many book publishing issues the PA dealt with.
Many of Europe’s book business leaders hail the approval of the European Union’s hard-fought Copyright Directive in Brussels today.
In a ballot count of 348 to 274, the European Parliament today (March 26) has voted in favor of the bitterly divisive copyright directive developed through years of effort as part of the Digital Single Union framework.
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 European Parliament vote this week is expected to trigger more discussion on the EU copyright directive, which has both harsh critics and supporters.
Jessica Sänger of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association goes over the European Parliament’s action last week that put the Single Digital Market’s copyright directive into reconsideration.
Shortly after the Federation of European Publishers met to hold its officers’ elections, the European Parliament has rejected a copyright framework measure the federation has supported. Another vote will occur in September.
The Federation of European Publishers reports gains across much of its membership’s markets in 2016 but acknowledges that the British pound’s softness renders the result fairly flat.
In 2018, the European Union Prize for Literature will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new writing contest open only to previous winners of the prize.
Czech publishers see gains in 2016’s market performance but are concerned about stubbornly high VAT rates and falling book prices.
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