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E-book sales: Booksellers’ 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

THE BOOK CHARTER – READ WHAT YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT, IN WHATEVER FORMAT YOU WANT

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

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

GEO-BLOCKING: THE MUSIC AND BOOKSELLING INDUSTRIES CALL FOR COPYRIGHT PROTECTED WORKS TO BE KEPT OUTSIDE THE REGULATION ON GEO-BLOCKING

Following MEP Thun’s report on geo-blocking, EIBF and the European Association of Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) expose their views in a joint letter to the MEPs relevant to the dossier.

Both organisations advocate for keeping “services providing access to and use of copyright protected works or other protected subject matter” outside of the scope of the regulation on geo-blocking. They further underline the need for setting the review clause to five years after the entry into effect of the regulation, rather than the two years initially proposed, as this would allow to have more accurate data on the evolution of the e-book market.

Finally, EIBF and IMPALA proposed amendments to the Commission’s proposal in the best interest of their respective sectors’ jobs and investment.

The full text of the letter and of the amendments can be found below.

Click here to read the joint letter                 Click here to read the proposed amendments