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The European & International Booksellers Federation is against the use of closed generic TLD by commercial entities

The European and International Booksellers Federation, EIBF, represents Booksellers Associations in the European Union and in the world. Through its Members it represents more than 25.000 bookselling businesses worldwide. Booksellers Associations in membership with EIBF have in membership all kind
of book retailers, terrestrial bookshops, online retailers, selling paper and electronic books.
We read that at its February 2013 meeting, the ICANN Board of Directors recognized the problems presented by applications that would restrict use of generic industry terms to a single company. Granting monopoly control of a TLD to a single industry member can create an unfair competitive advantage. Such an arrangement would work against both consumers and the industry associated with the generic term.Read more

Platform Statement on strong budget for Creative Europe

The European Platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries advocates for a strong budget for Creative Europe

Ahead of the 7-8 February Special Summit on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the European Platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries (‘The Platform’) – a group of more than 40 organisations representing a wide range of cultural and creative sectors – calls on EU Member States to adopt a strong budget for ‘Creative Europe’, the 2014-2020 programme for the cultural and creative sectors.






Group photo – Credit © European Union, 2012


Fabian Paagman with Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda at the ebook roundtable –  © EU

The European book sector is the first cultural industry in Europe with an estimated turnover of 40 billion euros(i). The European book sector employs several hundreds of thousands of highly skilled European citizens. Most of multinational book publishing companies are Europe-based.Read more

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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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.




EBF Contribution to the Consultation on Future EU Culture Programme

In its contribution, EBF underlines that booksellers are both commercial entities, employing over half a million people in Europe, and cultural agents, providing the public with unbiased, reliable and informed advice and promoting literacy and reading – the fundamental basis of a knowledge society.  Once more, EBF stresses the importance of a fair level field for commercial and non-commercial actors and of a relentless fight against piracy.

EBF lists 3 the priority actions for the next culture programme:

1. Support the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity

2. Support Exchange of Best Practices and Risk Taking

3. Support Innovation and Fight Piracy

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