Switzerland Debates Details of Reinstated Fixed Price Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Switzerland’s Council of States will be meeting on March 2nd to discuss the upcoming reinstatement of the country’s fixed book price law. According to buchreport, the law could be adopted as early as March 19th and the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verlegerverband (SBVV – Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association) sees only a couple of drawbacks in the draft …

Spain Lowers Tax on E-books, Opens Digital Library

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams A very important — and positive — development for the incipient Spanish e-book market took place this week.  On Tuesday the Spanish Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, announced that the government would set the value added tax for e-books at 4%, the same as for paper books.  E-books had previously been in the same category as software, …

German Buch News: Germans Buying More English-language Books; Reduced VAT for Books Challenged

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin Verlag, and its British parent company Bloomsbury, have distributed Bloomsbury’s English-language titles in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 2005. The books are distributed via Berlin Verlag’s distributor Prolit. This week, Prolit will also begin distributing the popular science titles of Bloomsbury’s subsidiary A&C Black. As reported in Buchreport, part of the reason for this expansion is the news that …