Issues at stake for booksellers, Presentation by Tim Godfray, C.E.O. of the B.A. of U.K and Ireland, on behalf of EBF
BA urges government action to protect bookshops
04.10.11 | Lisa Campbell
High street bookshops need help from the government if their presence there is to continue, the c.e.o. of the Booksellers Association has said.
Tim Godfray called on the government to give rate relief to businesses with a cultural and educational value to maintain independent bookshops on high streets and protect “the wellbeing of society”. He also called on publishers to do more to support bricks and mortar booksellers.
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On 24 May, EBF, FEP and EWC organized a reading in the library of the European Parliament with Noemi Szecsi, one of the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature 2009.
Noemi read in Hungarian, her native language and also in English. Ms Herczog underlined the importance of celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity and was delighted to see Noemi celebrated during the Hungarian Presidency of the EU
Hargreaves review of copyright welcomed by BA
The Booksellers Association (BA) today welcomed the conclusions and recommendations of Professor Hargreaves’ report, Digital Opportunity – A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, which correlates with the BA/European Booksellers Federation’s Statement of Principles on Copyright.
Sydney Davies (Head of Trade & Industry) said: “The BA and the bookselling industry have long supported innovation in e-commerce and digitisation. This report will create a solid framework, backed by the protection of intellectual property rights, around which there will be scope for further opportunities in the creation and dissemination of digital content. The Government should take forward these proposals as soon as possible to help underpin that opportunity.”
Of the report’s ten recommendations, the BA is especially pleased that Professor Hargreaves has ruled out a US style ‘Fair Use’ for copyright. The BA welcomes the proposal that the Government should set up a Digital Copyright Exchange; so too the need to give continuing support for the enforcement of copyright and, most importantly, that there should be legislation to enable Orphan Works to be licensed exactly along the lines the BA has been advocating.Read more
Brussels, 18th June 2010 – 45 Booksellers and representatives of Booksellers’ Associations’ from the 5 continents met during the past 2 days in Brussels to discuss trends in the book industry, to exchange views on the adaptations made necessary by digitisation, to hear how other industries were coping with new business models and to learn how to play an active role in the EU decision-making process.
This year’s EBF-IBF Annual Conference “Breaking the rules to survive” took place partly in Brussels, at the heart of the European quarter, and partly in Antwerp. The event was co-organised by the European and International Booksellers Federations and by the Flemish Booksellers Association, Member of Boek.be. Prior to the conference, our Flemish colleagues had also hosted the International Congress of Young Booksellers (ICYB), a 3-day workshop, which attracted young booksellers from all over Europe. The Annual Conference opened with a joint EBF/IBF/ICYB welcome dinner, a unique occasion for over 70 booksellers and representatives to meet, mingle and network.Read more
The European Booksellers Federation (EBF), the European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) are delighted to announce that they have been re-appointed by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, as the consortium to organise the European Prize for Literature (EUPL) to be awarded in November 2010 to emerging authors from 11 countries participating in the EU Culture Programme.
The countries selected for 2010 are:
Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. As a first step, the consortium will organise the setting up of juries in each of these countries. The juries will start their selection process as of January 2010 and deliver a final report to the consortium by the end of June 2010.
The aim of the EUPL is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.Read more
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).
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