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EBF supports the ACTA treaty

Over the past two weeks, we have seen coordinated attacks on democratic institutions such as the European
Parliament and national governments. As companies, associations and citizens, we stand against such attempts to silence democratic institutions. Instead, we call for a calm and reasoned assessment of facts instead of misinformation.  This considerate reaction is more important than ever at times when many
outside of Europe doubt the ability of the European Union institutions and its Member State governments to act together. Read more

Press Release from our member in the UK and Ireland


BA urges government action to protect bookshops

04.10.11 | Lisa Campbell

High street bookshops need help from the government if their presence there is to continue, the c.e.o. of the Booksellers Association has said.

Tim Godfray called on the government to give rate relief to businesses with a cultural and educational value to maintain independent bookshops on high streets and protect “the wellbeing of society”. He also called on publishers to do more to support bricks and mortar booksellers.

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Nielsen special offer to EBF and IBF Full and Associate Members

Nielsen Book is a key supplier to booksellers around the world providing one consistent source of data for English-language books. The  range of information services that Nielsen offers is :

  • Search and select new and backlist titles quickly and easily
  • Enhance their website and/or internal system with accurate and enriched data
  • Order directly from publishers/distributors to improve work processes and speed up order turnaround
  • Use objective sales information (UK sales only) to inform business decisions.

Attached is a flyer outlining a special offer for our BookData Online service. If you require any further information or would like a quantity of flyers please email:

This offer expires on 30 September 2011

Click here to download the flyer


EBF contribution to the European Green Paper on the Future of VAT

EBF believes that any reform of the VAT system should take into account the following principles:

  • The specific identity of the book, both commercial and cultural item, independently of its format
  • The fact that VAT should be neutral in the cost structure of any business and be charged according to EU and national rules
  • The necessity to implement tax policies supporting the ambitious objectives of the Digital Agenda and the EU 2020 strategy.

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EBF, FEP and EWC organised a reading at the European Parliament with the support of Hungarian MEP Edit Herczog

On 24 May, EBF, FEP and EWC organized a reading in the library of the European Parliament with Noemi Szecsi, one of the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature 2009.

Noemi read in Hungarian, her native language and also in English. Ms Herczog underlined the importance of celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity and was delighted to see Noemi celebrated during the Hungarian Presidency of the EU



Professor Hargreaves’s report “A review of Intellectual Property and Growth” correlates the EBF Statement of Principles on Copyright

Hargreaves review of copyright welcomed by BA

The Booksellers Association (BA) today welcomed the conclusions and recommendations of Professor Hargreaves’ report, Digital Opportunity – A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, which correlates with the BA/European Booksellers Federation’s Statement of Principles on Copyright[1].

Sydney Davies (Head of Trade & Industry) said: “The BA and the bookselling industry have long supported innovation in e-commerce and digitisation. This report will create a solid framework, backed by the protection of intellectual property rights, around which there will be scope for further opportunities in the creation and dissemination of digital content. The Government should take forward these proposals as soon as possible to help underpin that opportunity.”

Of the report’s ten recommendations, the BA is especially pleased that Professor Hargreaves has ruled out a US style ‘Fair Use’ for copyright.  The BA welcomes the proposal that the Government should set up a Digital Copyright Exchange; so too the need to give continuing support for the enforcement of copyright and, most importantly, that there should be legislation to enable Orphan Works to be licensed exactly along the lines the BA has been advocating.Read more

Contribution of EBF to the consultation regarding the application of the Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights

Although booksellers are not usually the rights holders, they support the concept of the enforcement of copyright as passionately as authors and publishers. Furthermore, in reason of the shift to digitization and new digital business models, booksellers will de facto guarantee the proper enforcement of copyright when they sell e-books and digital files to their customers, either in terrestrial shops or online.

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Copyright – EBF Statement of Principles

Although booksellers are not usually the rights holders, they support the concept of copyright as passionately as authors and publishers.

Books are being converted into digital formats and copyright is coming under greater pressure. Files of copyrighted material can easily be shared illegally. This will mean lost revenue not only for authors and publishers, but for booksellers as well.

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Joint EBF and FEP Contribution to the European Commission Consultation on the future EU Culture Programme

Joint EBF and FEP Contribution to the European Commission Consultation on the future EU Culture Programme

The European Booksellers Federation (EBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have sent a common answer in reply to the European Commission’s consultation on a new EU Culture Programme after 2013.

In their joint paper, EBF and FEP underline the importance of a healthy European book chain and suggest the creation of a European Book Office (“EBO”). EBO’s role would be to facilitate access to information on the Culture programme to the book chain. Essentially, the EBO would play a key role in promoting cultural diversity and European literature. Its mission would be make sure that the work of emerging authors celebrated by the EUPL, as well as high quality literature, would reach as many European citizens as possible, with the collaboration of authors, publishers and booksellers representatives.