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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

Boekblad report on EIBF and FEP representing booksellers in Brussels

“Making the Booksellers visible in Europe” is the title of the article in the October issue of Boekblad, the Dutch magazine specialised on the book trade. The article explains in detail how the book sector has to continuously reinvent itself to keep up with competitors, adding that publishers and booksellers play an indispensable role not only in the European economy but also in the cultural and intellectual life of the EU citizens.

Click here to read the article in PDF format

Three more best practices in the Börsenblatt from the EIBF Conference

After the article in last month’s Börsenblatt, the official magazine of the Frankfurt Book Fair has listed three more best practices from our members, as heard at the EIBF Conference held on the 20th of October.

The three new best practices they summarised have been:

  1. Lünebuch’s delivery system
  2. A tool for online cooperation and analysis by the SLF
  3. The “Indie Bloom” in Australia

You can read the article in PDF format here.

3 best practices of the Book Trade – as appeared in the Börsenblatt

Börsenblatt, the official magazine of the Frankfurt Book Fair, has published an article listing the best practices heard at the EIBF Conference in Frankfurt, to be followed up by three more in next month’s edition.

This month, the magazine detailed the following ideas:

  1. The Swedish Loyalty Program by Maria Hammerfors, CEO of Akademikbokhandeln
  2. The Local-First Initiative by Betsy Burton, owner of “The King’s English Bookshop” (United States)
  3. The “Book Bus” by Rosamund de la Hey from the “Mainstreet Trading Company”, UK.

You can find a pdf version of the article here


Following last year’s success, The London Book Fair is once again looking for nominations for the best bookstore of the past year in the world (but outside the United Kingdom). Last year saw Australian store “Readings” take the Prize, but they will face a tough challenge this year on defending their title.

If you are a bookseller or just have a bookshop that is very close to your heart, nominate the store to win valuable prizes as well as invaluable publicity.

You can submit your applications here



EIBF press release on the ECJ judgment regarding e-Lending

Brussels, 10.11.2016


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 or + 32 475 40 32 34

You can read the press release in PDF format here.

Börsenverein Reform : Kyra Dreher becomes joint Managing Director

The Börsenverein has published a press release for the occasion that on the 1st of December, 2016, Dr. Kyra Dreher will step down from her role as Co-President of the European and International Booksellers Federation to take up the position of Managing Director of the Joint Office of the Börsenverein’s Committees.

“Dr. Kyra Dreher, who previously functioned as head of the office of the Retail Booksellers Committee, will become sole Managing Director of the Börsenverein’s Joint Office of the Committees starting on 1st December. Rolf Nüthen, who acted as head of the Publishers Committee since 2008, will retire on 30th November. In her new capacity, Dreher will be responsible for the work of the Committees as well as for coordinating the interest groups and acting as the interface between these groups and the executive board. In the future, the three member groups will be represented at the Joint Office by three department heads: Petra Fust will manage the Publishers section, Kerstin Rothkirch the Retail Booksellers section and Sarah Harnecker the Wholesalers section. The amendment to the Börsenverein charter required to institute these changes was already approved at the Annual General Meeting on 24th June 2016.”

You can read the Börsenverein’s whole press release here.