Does Europe Need a Single Open Market for E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in today’s lead story, European laws governing the sale of books vary wildly from country to country, often favoring print over e-books. Many of the major markets have fixed book pricing and part of the reasoning behind fixed book prices is that it allows all retailers to compete on a level playing field when it …

In Europe E-books are Approached with “Concern, Not Hysteria,” says Italy’s Mussinelli

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder MILAN: “The problem in Italy and in Europe in general, is that data on e-books is scarce, says Cristina Mussinelli, a digital publishing consultant for the Italian Publishers Association and European member of the IDPF board. “There is no central entity collecting information in an organized way, and the ways in which different countries collect data may not …

Is 2011 the Tipping Point for E-books in Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Europe’s e-book market is growing, but is it robust enough to attract the mass market? By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the growth of e-books in Europe, which has been slow and pragmatic and has long lagged behind the US and Japan. But the introduction of several new platforms, devices and digitization projects at the end of 2010 …

France to Reduce VAT on E-books to 5.5% Starting in 2012

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In several European countries, books are subject to a reduced VAT rate in light of their status as a “cultural” product. This has been complicated by the emergence of e-books, which tend to be viewed as electronic products for taxation purposes and are thus subject to full VAT (19% in Germany, as opposed to the reduced rate …

Why French E-books Don’t Deserve Lower VAT

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine, Pascal Fouche, bibliographer and editor of the three-volume Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre, discusses the changing definition of the book in the age of digitization, largely in favor of the argument that a lower rate of V.A.T. — 5.5.% in France — not be extended to e-books: “A book is an …

Is the EU’s 18% Tax on Spanish E-books Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the launch of Libranda, Spain’s new e-book distribution platform. Along with the announcement is the news that e-books will be charged at the same tax rate as computer software — 18% — instead of the lower 4% rate that is typically applied by “cultural products,” such as books. The Spanish government wants to …