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Boekblad report on EIBF and FEP representing booksellers in Brussels

“Making the Booksellers visible in Europe” is the title of the article in the October issue of Boekblad, the Dutch magazine specialised on the book trade. The article explains in detail how the book sector has to continuously reinvent itself to keep up with competitors, adding that publishers and booksellers play an indispensable role not only in the European economy but also in the cultural and intellectual life of the EU citizens.

Click here to read the article in PDF format

Three more best practices in the Börsenblatt from the EIBF Conference

After the article in last month’s Börsenblatt, the official magazine of the Frankfurt Book Fair has listed three more best practices from our members, as heard at the EIBF Conference held on the 20th of October.

The three new best practices they summarised have been:

  1. Lünebuch’s delivery system
  2. A tool for online cooperation and analysis by the SLF
  3. The “Indie Bloom” in Australia

You can read the article in PDF format here.

3 best practices of the Book Trade – as appeared in the Börsenblatt

Börsenblatt, the official magazine of the Frankfurt Book Fair, has published an article listing the best practices heard at the EIBF Conference in Frankfurt, to be followed up by three more in next month’s edition.

This month, the magazine detailed the following ideas:

  1. The Swedish Loyalty Program by Maria Hammerfors, CEO of Akademikbokhandeln
  2. The Local-First Initiative by Betsy Burton, owner of “The King’s English Bookshop” (United States)
  3. The “Book Bus” by Rosamund de la Hey from the “Mainstreet Trading Company”, UK.

You can find a pdf version of the article here

EIBF press release on the ECJ judgment regarding e-Lending

Brussels, 10.11.2016

THE EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL BOOKSELLERS FEDERATION DENOUNCES THE JUDGEMENT OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ON E-LENDING

The EIBF – European & International Booksellers Federation – has taken note of the judgment handed down by the ECJ with the greatest concern.

Assimilating e-lending to the lending of physical books is a very dangerous decision which does not take into account the economic reality of the book chain and is likely to lead to serious disruptions on the nascent e-book market.

Booksellers have committed themselves wholeheartedly to e-bookselling, in order to be able to offer readers the possibility to read what they want, when they want, and in the format of their choice. Today, between 70% and 87% of booksellers are present on the e-book market, especially on the leading language markets such as those of Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Spain.

However, the e-book market is still a very uncertain one and at the present time, no retailer can claim that selling e-books and e-readers on national markets is a profitable activity.

For centuries, the activities of selling and lending have been able to co-exist and strengthen each other to the mutual benefit of both communities and readers. Things have changed recently with the emergence of e-books and e-readers. The book chain has been working at solutions which are sustainable for authors, publishers and booksellers while guaranteeing a healthy and diverse offer to consumers, and this should be continued.

European libraries are a great asset for consumers and play a major part in the promotion of literacy and cultural life more generally. Booksellers very much value the crucial role of public libraries. The common objective of booksellers and libraries is to put books into the hands of readers so bookshops and libraries play complementary roles in the community.

However this can only be possible if the eco-system of the book sector, a chain of interdependencies where all members are dependent on each other, is fully respected for the ultimate benefit of readers.

EIBF looks forward to continuing to work in that direction, along with the book chain and European decision-makers.

For further information please contact EIBF Director, Fran Dubruille

fran@europeanbooksellers.eu or + 32 475 40 32 34

You can read the press release in PDF format here.

Börsenverein Reform : Kyra Dreher becomes joint Managing Director

The Börsenverein has published a press release for the occasion that on the 1st of December, 2016, Dr. Kyra Dreher will step down from her role as Co-President of the European and International Booksellers Federation to take up the position of Managing Director of the Joint Office of the Börsenverein’s Committees.

“Dr. Kyra Dreher, who previously functioned as head of the office of the Retail Booksellers Committee, will become sole Managing Director of the Börsenverein’s Joint Office of the Committees starting on 1st December. Rolf Nüthen, who acted as head of the Publishers Committee since 2008, will retire on 30th November. In her new capacity, Dreher will be responsible for the work of the Committees as well as for coordinating the interest groups and acting as the interface between these groups and the executive board. In the future, the three member groups will be represented at the Joint Office by three department heads: Petra Fust will manage the Publishers section, Kerstin Rothkirch the Retail Booksellers section and Sarah Harnecker the Wholesalers section. The amendment to the Börsenverein charter required to institute these changes was already approved at the Annual General Meeting on 24th June 2016.”

You can read the Börsenverein’s whole press release here.

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PETITION FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: #FreeWordsTurkey – THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT AND THE EU COMMISSION MUST TAKE A STAND ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN TURKEY

The German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.), the PEN Centre Germany (PEN-Zentrum Deutschland) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporter ohne Grenzen e.V.) call on the German federal government and the EU Commission to make an uncompromising commitment to freedom of expression in Turkey / Online petition at www.change.org/freewordsturkey_en Federal Chancellery lit up with campaign message

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LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DU LIVRE 2018 NOMMEE PAR L’UNESCO CE 22 JUIN 2016 – EIBF REITERE L’IMPORTANCE NON NEGOCIABLE DE LA LIBERTE D’EXPRESSION

C’est ce 22 juin 2016 que l’UNESCO devrait dévoiler le nom de la ville désignée Capitale mondiale du livre 2018 ; un choix qui devrait tenir compte des recommandations de l’association internationale des éditeurs (IPA) et la fédération internationale des associations de libraires (IFLA).

Egalement membre du comité de sélection depuis 2002, l’EIBF (et précédemment IBF) a en effet annoncé sa décision de démissionner, effective ce jour.Read more