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Joint declaration by the European Booksellers Federation (EBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP)

The European Booksellers Federation (EBF) is the organisation representing national booksellers federations in Europe; its mission is to further the interests of booksellers throughout Europe (for more information http://www.ebf-eu.org/).

The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) is the organisation representing national publishers associations in Europe; its 26 member associations represent the vast majority of the European publishing sector (for more information http://www.fep-fee.eu).

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European and International Booksellers united with American colleagues at Annual Conference in New York.

New York 29-05-09. Over 30 booksellers from around the world gathered on 26 and 27 May in New York to attend the joint annual conference of the European and the International Booksellers Associations. EBF is the umbrella organisation of the national booksellers associations in Europe; IBF is its international equivalent comprising individual booksellers as well as some wholesalers.

“Let’s stay positive” was the theme of the opening address of the EBF President introducing the 2008 Annual Report, and on this key note the conference addressed the challenges the book trade is currently facing. Recognising the immense value of learning from each others’ experience and sharing knowledge, the booksellers were eager to listen to the presentations on the most significant trends currently defining the American book
market. Digitization was the central theme of the conference and the insights provided by Len Vlahos, Chief Program Officer of the American Booksellers Association, Mark Nelson, Digital Content Strategist for the National Association of College Stores and Michael Smith, Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum all underlined the importance for booksellers of embracing the digital challenge and turning from brick-andmortar to “brick and click” bookstores.Read more

EBF/IBF ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2009 – NEW YORK

European and International Booksellers united with American colleagues at Annual Conference in New York New York 29-05-09.

Over 30 booksellers from around the world gathered on 26 and 27 May in New York to attend the joint annual conference of the European and the International Booksellers Associations. EBF is the umbrella organisation of the national booksellers associations in Europe; IBF is its international equivalent comprising individual booksellers as well as some wholesalers. “Let’s stay positive” was the theme of the opening address of the EBF President introducing the 2008 Annual Report, and on this key note the conference addressed the challenges the book trade is currently facing. Read more

EBF Position Paper on VAT – Don’t tax reading!

DON’T TAX READING !

The VAT rate applied to printed books by Member States throughout the European Union (EU) currently varies from 0% to 25%. The Customs and Taxation Directorate within the European Commission is currently developing plans to harmonise VAT rates throughout the EU. Indications suggest that in the future Member States may be instructed to allocate a VAT rate of not less than 15% on almost all products and services. However, EU countries may well be able to impose a reduced rate of not less than 5% on a small number of items, including printed books.

Grateful as we are to the possibility that printed books may be allocated a lower tax band, the European Booksellers Federation strongly believes that printed books should not be taxed at all throughout the EU in the future, and that under the harmonisation arrangements, any Member State that wishes to allocate a 0% VAT rate for printed books should be allowed to do so.

Moreover, EBF feels that electronic books should be treated in the same way. A printed book and electronic book of the same title will have the same content and purpose’.Read more