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The European Commission’s consultation on further corporate tax transparency – EIBF Contribution

Between the 17th of June and the 9th of September, 2015, the European Commission conducted a public consultation on expanding corporate tax transparency in the EU. Citizens, organisations and public authorities had the chance to voice their opinions. The EIBF has contributed to the consultation, expressing the concerns and views of booksellers, emphasising the need for more transparency in business tax reporting on cross-border sales.

 

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European Commission’s e-commerce consultation – EIBF Contribution

From 12.06.2015 to 03.09.2015 the European Commission conducted a consultation on “contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods” by sending a questionnaire to various stakeholders concerned by the matter. Together with its members, EIBF contributed to the consultation by expressing the view of booksellers on the evolution of digital products markets. .

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The European Commission’s consultation on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods – EIBF Contribution

From 12.06.2015 to 03.09.2015, the European Commission conducted a public consultation “on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods”, asking for contributions from organisations related to the fields of civil justice matters, internal market and consumer protection. The EIBF, together with its members, has contributed to the consultation, highlighting the views and interests of the booksellers on this highly important matter.

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Book manifesto published by EWC, EBF and FEP for the European elections 2014 available in German

Manifest für die Europawahlen 2014

Bücher verbreiten Ideen, nähren den Geist und lassen Meinungsfreiheit Realität werden. Die Bürger Europas müssen Zugang zu Büchern haben, um die demokratischen Werte Europas, die dem Integrationsprozess zugrunde liegen, verstehen zu können. Bücher ermöglichen uns Bürgern, am wirtschaftlichen, sozialen, kulturellen und politischen Leben teilzuhaben. Das gilt insbesondere in unserer heutigen Wissensgesellschaft, die erhöhte Lesekompetenz verlangt.

Die europäische Buchbranche: Autoren – the European Writer’s Council (EWC), Verleger – the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) und Buchhändler – the European Booksellers Federation (EBF) sind wichtige Garanten für kulturelle Vielfalt in Europa. EWC vertritt 150.000 Buchautorinnen und -autoren, die in allen literarischen Gattungen, in über 40 Sprachen schreiben. Mehrere hunderttausend Personen arbeiten in Verlagen und Buchhandlungen. Das Buch ist darüber hinaus wirtschaftlich gesehen das wichtigste Kulturgut, mit einem Umsatz der Verlage von über 22,5 Milliarden Euro im Jahr 2012 und mit einer Produktion von über 535.000 Neuerscheinungen pro Jahr. Die Kataloge der europäischen Verleger weisen eine Vielfalt von ca. 9 Millionen Titeln auf (davon mehr als 2 Millionen Titel in digitaler Form. [FEP-Statistik 2012] Read more

EBF, FEP et EWC publient un Manifeste en vue des élections européennes de 2014

Les livres font circuler les idées, nourrissent l’esprit et favorisent la liberté d’expression. Les citoyens
européens doivent avoir accès aux livres afin de comprendre les valeurs démocratiques européennes, indispensables à notre projet commun. Les livres permettent aux citoyens de participer à la vie économique, sociale, culturelle et politique. C’est particulièrement vrai dans un univers numérique qui privilégie la connaissance et requiert de plus en plus de talents de lecture.

Les acteurs de la chaine du livre: les auteurs – la Fédération Des Associations européennes d’Ecrivains
(EWC), les éditeurs – la Fédération des Editeurs européens et les libraires – la Fédération européenne des Libraires, sont conjointement garants de la diversité culturelle en Europe. EWC représente 150.000 auteurs dans le secteur de l’édition, écrivant dans tous les genres et dans 40 langues. En outre, plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes sont employées dans les maisons d’édition et les librairies. Le livre est également le premier secteur culturel en termes économiques, avec un chiffre d’affaires de 22.5 milliards d’euros en 2013 et le lancement de 535.000 nouveautés chaque année. Il y a environ 9 millions de livres disponibles dans les catalogues des éditeurs européens (dont plus de 2 millions de titres en version numérique). (Statistiques FEE 2012)Read more

EWC, EBF and FEP publish a book manifesto for the European elections 2014

MANIFESTO FOR
THE 2014 EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

Books convey ideas, feed the mind and make freedom of expression a reality. European citizens need to have access to books in order to understand the European democratic values which are underlying the European process. Books are key to our citizens’ participation in economic, social, cultural and political life. This is especially true given the emergence of the knowledge economy and the increasing demand for literacy skills this has brought about.

The Book Chain: authors – the European Writers’ Council (EWC), publishers – the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), and booksellers – the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), together represent a
significant cultural diversity within Europe. EWC represents 150,000 authors in the publishing sector, who write in all genres, covering 40 languages; several hundred thousands of people are working in publishing houses and bookshops. Books are also the first cultural sector in economic terms, with a turnover for the publishers of € 22.5 billion in 2012 and an annual production of 535,000 new titles. European publishers held a total of about 9 million different titles in stock (of which more than 2 million in digital format)
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Licences for Europe- Stakeholders Dialogue, Final Plenary Session

Joint Statement by the European Booksellers Federation, the European Publishers Council, the European Writers Council, the Federation of European Publishers & the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers

Working Group 1 (cross-border and interoperability), Print Subgroup

Book sector’s roadmap to enhance cross border access, interoperability and, discoverability of ebooks
in the Single Market

Representatives of the book sector, comprising authors, publishers and booksellers participating in WG1 of Licences for Europe (hereafter the “book  sector”), endorse the principle that European consumers should have the ability to acquire e-books across territorial borders, platforms and devices, in a way that ensures protection of intellectual property rights at all times.Read more

On the interoperability of e-books formats

The study was conducted by Professor Christoph Bläsi and Professor Franz Rothlauf of  Johannes Gutenberg University, who said: “There is no technical or functional reason not to use and establish EPUB 3 as an/the interoperable (open) ebook format standard.

One short term obstacle is the non-availability of reader applications able to display all EPUB 3 features. However, this problem should be fixed soon by the IDPF Readium initiative which is developing an open source reference system and rendering engine for EPUB 3.”

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