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EIBF NEWSFLASH 109 – 1 DECEMBER 2016

  1. EIBF AND FEP WELCOME THE DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON REDUCED VAT RATES ON EBOOKS
  2. EIBF EVENT AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON 10 JANUARY 2017 : REGISTRATIONS OPEN
  3. THE BOOKSTORE OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR SPONSORED BY GARDNERS BOOKS – DEADLINE IS 15/12/2016

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EIBF and FEP welcome the decision of the European Commission on reduced rates of VAT for e-Books

In its proposal submitted today, the European Commission has proposed a new system thereby Member States would be able to apply similarly reduced rates of VAT for electronic books and publications as they are allowed for physical books. The European and International Booksellers Federation and the Federation of European Publishers welcome this proposal, which could finally resolve this long-standing issue.

You can read the EIBF-FEP press release in PDF format here

EIBF NEWSFLASH 108 – 29 NOVEMBER 2016

  1. EIBF AND FEP WELCOME THE POSITION OF THE COMPETITIVENESS COUNCIL ON THE PROPOSAL FOR A REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL ON ADDRESSING UNJUSTIFIED GEO-BLOCKING
  2. EIBF EVENT AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON 10 JANUARY 2017 : REGISTRATIONS OPEN
  3. THE BOOKSTORE OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR SPONSORED BY GARDNERS BOOKS – DEADLINE IS 15/12/2016

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EIBF NEWSFLASH 107 – 25 NOVEMBER 2016

  1. EIBF EVENT AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON 10 JANUARY 2017 : REGISTRATIONS OPEN
  2. FEP, EIBF & IPA CALL ON THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT FOR UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ASLI ERDOĞAN, NECMIYE ALPAY AND ALL PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
  3. THE BOOKSTORE OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR SPONSORED BY GARDNERS BOOKS

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EIBF NEWSFLASH 106 – 10 NOVEMBER 2016

  1. EIBF DENOUNCES THE JUDGEMENT OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EU ON E- LENDING
  2. MESSAGE OF AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION ON PRESIDENT ELECTION
  3. EIBF EVENT AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON 10 JANUARY 2017 : SAVE THE DATE
  4. EIBF AND FREE WORDS ALLIANCE WRITE TO PRESIDENT OF EU PARLIAMENT MARTIN SCHULZ ABOUT ABDUCTED BOOKSELLER IN ASIA
  5. AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF  GUI MINHAI 
  6. PEN AMERICA’S REPORT ON DISAPPEARED BOOKSELLERS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN HONG KONG

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EIBF press release on the ECJ judgment regarding e-Lending

Brussels, 10.11.2016

THE EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL BOOKSELLERS FEDERATION DENOUNCES THE JUDGEMENT OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ON E-LENDING

The EIBF – European & International Booksellers Federation – has taken note of the judgment handed down by the ECJ with the greatest concern.

Assimilating e-lending to the lending of physical books is a very dangerous decision which does not take into account the economic reality of the book chain and is likely to lead to serious disruptions on the nascent e-book market.

Booksellers have committed themselves wholeheartedly to e-bookselling, in order to be able to offer readers the possibility to read what they want, when they want, and in the format of their choice. Today, between 70% and 87% of booksellers are present on the e-book market, especially on the leading language markets such as those of Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Spain.

However, the e-book market is still a very uncertain one and at the present time, no retailer can claim that selling e-books and e-readers on national markets is a profitable activity.

For centuries, the activities of selling and lending have been able to co-exist and strengthen each other to the mutual benefit of both communities and readers. Things have changed recently with the emergence of e-books and e-readers. The book chain has been working at solutions which are sustainable for authors, publishers and booksellers while guaranteeing a healthy and diverse offer to consumers, and this should be continued.

European libraries are a great asset for consumers and play a major part in the promotion of literacy and cultural life more generally. Booksellers very much value the crucial role of public libraries. The common objective of booksellers and libraries is to put books into the hands of readers so bookshops and libraries play complementary roles in the community.

However this can only be possible if the eco-system of the book sector, a chain of interdependencies where all members are dependent on each other, is fully respected for the ultimate benefit of readers.

EIBF looks forward to continuing to work in that direction, along with the book chain and European decision-makers.

For further information please contact EIBF Director, Fran Dubruille

fran@europeanbooksellers.eu or + 32 475 40 32 34

You can read the press release in PDF format here.