A report commissioned by the Publishers Association says that during the COVID-19 lockdown, UK children listened to audiobooks, arguing to end their VAT.
Coronavirus Update: The UK Scraps Its 20-Percent VAT on Digital Books
A rare benefit of COVID-19, the UK’s government finally–and suddenly–has wiped out the market’s punishing tax on digital publications.
The UK’s Publishers Association Schedules an ‘Urgent’ Brexit Forum
Set at London’s Barbican Centre on October 10, the UK Publishers Association’s Brexit Forum is will offer discussions on key Brexit challenges and legal advice for book publishers.
UK’s Publishers Association Leads ‘Axe the Reading Tax’ Campaign
With Brexit looming larger as the UK’s new government takes charge, the publishing industry steps up its drive to drop the VAT on ebooks and digital content
European Publishing Welcomes ECOFIN’s Decision on Taxation for Ebooks
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.
Russia’s Clever Media Group Now Talking of September for North American Launch
Russian children’s publisher Clever Media Group is looking to publish English-language titles in US and Canadian markets this autumn, accelerating its international expansion plans.
Russian Publishers Warn of Lost Profits Amid a Newly Announced VAT Hike
The prosperity that some in the Russian book industry thought was rising this year may be headed in the other direction, if the expected rise in book VAT becomes a reality.
Ebook Distributors Meet to Discuss Common EU Digital Market
In Madrid, several top ebook distributors meet to discuss mutual challenges in book publishing and the possibility of a common European digital market.
France, Germany, Italy, Poland Call for Lowering VAT on Ebooks
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.
Ukraine Reacts to Russian Book Infestation with Big Investment
Russia supplies 90% of the books in the Ukraine, but the government wants to change this by investing over $60 million to support the indigenous book business.
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