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A l’occasion des Journées du livre de Berlin, les syndicats français et allemand de l’industrie du livre lancent un appel conjoint aux dirigeants politiques de Berlin, Paris et Bruxelles #btb17

Dans une déclaration commune, les représentants de l’industrie du livre français et allemands demandent aux dirigeants politiques français, allemands et européens la mise en place d’une politique européenne du livre favorisant, dans le contexte du développement du numérique, la diversité culturelle sur le long terme.  / Déclaration de Berlin du Syndicat national de l’édition, du Syndicat de la librairie française, du Syndicat des Distributeurs de Loisirs Culturels et du Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels / Journées du livre de Berlin avec 700 éditeurs, libraires et partenaires


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Françoise Nyssen,  in charge of one of the most prestigious French publishing houses has been able to prove that  a policy of editorial quality pays off and is the best option for achieving both popular & economic success.  “We are delighted that this female entrepreneur, deeply rooted in reality and in issues at stake in the book sector will be leading cultural policies in the next years” said SDLC

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EIBF is very happy to join its French Members in their warm congratulations to Françoise Nyssen, appointed Minister for Culture by President Emmanuel Macron. Not only is she  a committed and successful quality publisher, but also a strong supporter of independent bookshops who has always advocated for the  dissemination of  culture to the benefit of all.

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The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the Commission’s mid-term review of the Digital Single Market strategy

The European and International Booksellers Federation – EIBF – and the Federation of European Publishers – FEP – have read with interest the Commission’s Mid-Term Review of the Digital Single Market, published just over two years after the strategy was launched in 2015.

The EIBF and the FEP fully support the aims and objectives of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: A single market truly fit for the digital age, to the benefit of businesses and consumers alike. The book sector is embracing the digital revolution, with a growing number of booksellers and publishers making e-books available to consumers domestically as well as across borders.

However, although the ambitions underpinning the Digital Single Market are both welcome and admirable, they should not cloud our judgment of how best to achieve its aims.Read more

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the reintroduction of copyright protected material in the proposed geo-blocking regulation as the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopts its report

EIBF and FEP note with great satisfaction that the Committee supported the safeguards proposed by the European Commission (recital 23 and article 4.3), so that this regulation may not be used to circumvent fixed book price regimes.

However, EIBF and FEP note with deep regret the fact that despite numerous representations and contacts with Members of the Committee on behalf of the book industry in the last months, they voted to reintroduce copyright protected material in the scope of the regulation.

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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

The American Booksellers Association supports freedom to publish controversial books.

Amid the strong controversy that currently surrounds Milo Yiannopoulos and the calls for boycotting his book, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) joined the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and other free speech advocates in support of the freedom to publish controversial books.

They issued a joint “Statement in Support of the Right to Publish” in which they argue that “threats to boycott publishers undermine intellectual freedom and harm readers and writers”, since such a boycott will inevitably affect the publisher’s ability to “express and disseminate ideas, even if they are controversial and offensive to some”.

The free speech organisations that signed the document refuse censorship as a way to solve these matters, saying that “we need not endorse the ideas contained in a book to endorse the right to express them”, and warning that “the suppression of noxious ideas does not defeat them; only vigorous disagreement can counter toxic speech effectively. Shutting down the conversation may temporarily silence disfavored views, but does nothing to prevent them from spreading and resurfacing in other ways”.

Click here to read the ABA article

Click here for the joint Statement (PDF)

Amazon forced to drop anti-competitive clauses from its contracts with publishers

After a complaint filed by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein) and by the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland, Amazon has finally decided to stop putting so-called “parity clauses” (aka. MFN clauses) in its contracts, which obliged publishers to inform Amazon if they were to offer retailers better terms than to the American giant, and subsequently to offer the same improved terms to them. Such clauses posed a direct threat to healthy competition in the e-book sector and subsequently to the quality and quantity of books on offer in bookshops. Amazon’s decision is therefore a huge victory for the book sector and for the European culture at large.

The European Commission is now asking members of the e-book sector to provide feedback on whether Amazon’s commitments are sufficient enough to restore healthy competition to the market.

The news came only days after a subsidiary of Amazon, Audible – following yet another complaint by the Börsenverein – has given up on its problematic exclusivity deals with Apple concerning audio-books.

The Commission’s Press Release      The Börsenverein’s Press Release

Creativity Works! welcomes the Opinion of the CULT Committee on the Geo-Blocking Regulation

Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education overwhelmingly voted in favour of Maltese MEP Therese Comodini Cachia’s Draft Opinion yesterday. The Opinion’s objective is to to inform the main responsible Committee (“Internal Market and Consumer Protection” – IMCO) about the possible implications of the legislation can have on the cultural industries.

Among other things, the report highlighted that:

  • Cultural Goods and Services are unique and therefore cannot be treated the same way as traditional goods and services
  • The principle of territoriality is absolutely essential for Europe’s copyright system
  • The proposal could potentially lead to many negative developments such as reducing consumer choice, putting cultural diversity in jeopardy as well as unifying the prices upwards.

The Statement specifically highlights e-Books as products of a nascent and sensitive market which could be shattered by an ill-advised legislation forcing small and medium-sized enterprises to sell to the whole of the EU.

You can read the full Statement here

EIBF is a member of Creativity Works, a coalition of the representatives of the European creative and cultural sectors.