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Françoise Nyssen,  in charge of one of the most prestigious French publishing houses has been able to prove that  a policy of editorial quality pays off and is the best option for achieving both popular & economic success.  “We are delighted that this female entrepreneur, deeply rooted in reality and in issues at stake in the book sector will be leading cultural policies in the next years” said SDLC

Read below the SDLC’s press release

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EIBF is very happy to join its French Members in their warm congratulations to Françoise Nyssen, appointed Minister for Culture by President Emmanuel Macron. Not only is she  a committed and successful quality publisher, but also a strong supporter of independent bookshops who has always advocated for the  dissemination of  culture to the benefit of all. Read below the SLF’s press release


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The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the Commission’s mid-term review of the Digital Single Market strategy

The European and International Booksellers Federation – EIBF – and the Federation of European Publishers – FEP – have read with interest the Commission’s Mid-Term Review of the Digital Single Market, published just over two years after the strategy was launched in 2015.

The EIBF and the FEP fully support the aims and objectives of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: A single market truly fit for the digital age, to the benefit of businesses and consumers alike. The book sector is embracing the digital revolution, with a growing number of booksellers and publishers making e-books available to consumers domestically as well as across borders.

However, although the ambitions underpinning the Digital Single Market are both welcome and admirable, they should not cloud our judgment of how best to achieve its aims.

With inter-institutional negotiations (the Trilogue) on the proposal to address unjustified geo-blocking set to commence shortly, the book industry reiterates its concerns about the inclusion by the European Parliament of non-audiovisual copyright protected content, such as e-books, in the scope of the Regulation, and calls on the Council and the Commission to maintain their original stance of non-inclusion.

On a nascent market, the profitability of which still has to be demonstrated, forcing traders to offer e-books across borders would give rise to legal uncertainties, require investments that few can afford, and many SMEs could be forced to exit the e-book market. Far from opening up the single market to consumers, this would be highly detrimental to cultural diversity and consumer choice in the EU.

EIBF co-Presidents Fabian Paagman and Jean-Luc Treutenaere commented: “Our companies are present on the e-book market, selling e-books respectively in the Netherlands and in Flemish-speaking Belgium, and in France & in French-speaking Belgium, in spite of the fact that it is not a profitable activity, at least for the moment. Every business aims to grow and bookselling is no exception, with the right infrastructural conditions and if consumers’ demand reaches a critical mass to make the business sustainable”.

Likewise, recent debates on the Directive on Copyright in the Single Market have been a cause for concern for our sector. The legislative proposal published on 5th September 2017 addressed a number of issues likely to affect the book world such as exceptions for text and data mining, illustration for teaching and preservation, or licensing solutions for out of commerce works. The text is now being discussed in the Parliament and the Council. For the book sector, it is paramount that the provisions of the future legislation provide for incentives to the new business models developed by the industry. With e-books, players are continually inventing new ways of letting consumers access their favourite reads, and this needs to be encouraged.

FEP President Henrique Mota said, “The future is bright for the book sector especially as we are constantly developing new ways to access and read books. With e-books, I would be tempted to say that the sky is the limit. We are working with the legislators so that the text adopted will support innovation”.

EIBF and FEP are keen to pursue their dialogue with decision makers involved in the Trilogue(s) between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council, for the promotion of the rich European literary heritage and to the benefit of European consumers choice.

About EIBF & FEP

EIBF – The European & International Booksellers Federation represents the interests of the bookselling industry. Its Members are National Booksellers Associations in the European Union and beyond. Their Members, in turn, are all kinds of booksellers: brick and mortar, online retailers, independents and chains.

FEP – The Federation of European Publishers represents 28 national Publishers Associations from the European Union and the European Economic Area. The turnover of book publishers in 2016 reached 22, 5 billion euro. The more than 29.000 European publishing houses have published in 2015 some 575.000 new titles, a testimony of their role promoting culture and knowledge. FEP is the voice of European books and journals publishers in Europe.


For further information, please contact:

EIBF Director Fran Dubruille ( or +32 475 40 32 34)

or FEP Director Anne Bergman ( or +32 477 33 65 76)


Infographics: The Bookseller’s Perspective

In a series of infographics, we will try to shed some light on the more technical elements of bookselling. This chart illustrates the e-book sales process from a bookseller’s perspective: Profit margins and uncertainty, market dynamics, the necessity of innovative solutions and adaptability, and relationships with other stakeholders in the eco-system of the book chain.

e-book market - Bookseller's perspective

Infographics: The e-Book Sales Process

In a series of infographics, we will try to shed some light on the more technical elements of bookselling. This chart illustrates the e-book sales chains, the relationships between various stakeholders in the process, VAT requirements, and other considerations to take into account when selling e-books domestically and across borders.

The e-book sale process


There is nothing more important for everyone in the book industry than to continually broaden consumer access to books – in whatever format readers choose. In a world that is changing rapidly – all of us – authors, publishers, booksellers, distributors, agents, librarians, etc. – have an obligation to work together to ensure that nothing interferes with the ability of consumers to read what they want, when they want, in whatever format they want. At the same time, it is important to recognise and to acknowledge that despite all the quantum leaps forward in technology, physical places – bookstores and libraries – remain the best places for consumers to discover books.

The Book Charter sets out the fundamental principles guiding our policy objectives and priorities, along with two indispensable principles to be remembered always: Public funds need to be used to continue the support of public libraries, and public policies need to promote a competitive business environment.

Read and download The Book Charter here.

Book Charter

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the reintroduction of copyright protected material in the proposed geo-blocking regulation as the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopts its report

EIBF and FEP note with great satisfaction that the Committee supported the safeguards proposed by the European Commission (recital 23 and article 4.3), so that this regulation may not be used to circumvent fixed book price regimes.

However, EIBF and FEP note with deep regret the fact that despite numerous representations and contacts with Members of the Committee on behalf of the book industry in the last months, they voted to reintroduce copyright protected material in the scope of the regulation.

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Geo-blocking: EIBF & FEP reiterate their request to exclude non-audiovisual copyright-protected content from the scope of the regulation

Recent developments in the discussions around the proposed Geo-blocking Regulation in the European Parliament committees are a cause for great concern for the book industry. In a joint letter sent by EIBF & FEP to all IMCO MEPs, the book industry reiterates its request to exclude non-audiovisual copyrighted-content from the scope of the regulation. The letter also draws MEP’s attention to some very important clarifications regarding the technicalities of e-book sales by booksellers, which so far, seem to be have been very often ignored or misunderstood.

Click here to read EIBF & FEP joint letter sent to IMCO MEPs

Börsenverein and PEN Germany deliver #FreeWordsTurkey petition to German government

On February 24, Börsenverein (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), PEN Germany and Reporters Without Borders delivered the #FreeWordsTurkey petition representatives of the government and the German representative to the UN. The petition gathered 110,047 signatures and calls for a stronger stance against violations of freedom of expression in Turkey.

In a statement published on the website, Börsenverein states that “freedom to form and express an opinion is a non-negotiable human right” and urges the German government and the European Commission “to call for an uncompromising respect for freedom of expression in any related decisions, actions and statements they make” and “to re-evaluate their policies with regard to the countries in question”, meaning those countries that do not respect these basic human rights and pillars of a democratic society.

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