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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.Read more

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.”

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You can read the Börsenverein’s whole press release here

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

UNESCO WORLD BOOK CAPITAL CITY TO BE APPOINTED ON 22 JUNE 2016 – EIBF REITERATES THE NEED OF A FULL RESPECT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

On 22 June, Unesco, with the help of an Advisory Committee composed of the IPA, International Publishers Federation and IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations, will appoint World Book Capital – WBC – 2018.

EIBF (and formerly IBF) was Member of the Selection Committee since 2002 and has taken the decision to step down from its position in the Committee.Read more

EIBF WELCOMES COMMISSION’S DRAFT REGULATION ON GEO-BLOCKING

The European & International Booksellers Federation- EIBF – has noted with interest the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on geo-blocking made public today.

We welcome the fact that laws of Member States will be applied with respect to sales of books.

We note that the Commission plans to review the possible inclusion of electronically supplied services protected by copyright including e-books two years after the entry into force of the regulation.  EIBF is very happy to co-operate with the European Commission, and provide decision-makers with the information necessary to properly assess the situation for the wellbeing of the bookselling industry and European consumers.Read more

RESUME DE L’ETUDE COMMANDITEE PAR L’ASSOCIATION DES LIBRAIRES AMERICAINS A CIVICS SOCIETY: LE VRAI COÛT D’AMAZON POUR LA SOCIETE AMERICAINE

AMAZON ET LES MAGASINS PHYSIQUES : CHRONIQUE D’UNE MORT ANNONCÉE

Impacts fiscaux, immobiliers et fonciers du commerce en ligne
Janvier 2016

RESUMÉ EXÉCUTIF
L’American Booksellers Association et l’agence d’analyses et de stratégie Civic Economics collaborent depuis de nombreuses années dans le but d’examiner et de décrire la situation du commerce de détail indépendant aux États-Unis, Cependant, jusqu’à présent, ce partenariat se concentrait sur les différents types de lieux de vente physiques. Le présent rapport fait entrer ce travail dans une nouvelle ère. Il a pour objectif de fournir aux décideurs et aux consommateurs les clés d’une meilleure compréhension de l’impact par État et sur le plan local de la croissance du commerce en ligne tel qu’il s’est substitué aux achats en magasin.Read more

RENCONTRE ENTRE EIBF ET JEAN CLAUDE JUNCKER, PRESIDENT DE LA COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Bruxelles 04.04.2016

Le lundi 4 avril, une délégation de membres de la Fédération Européenne et Internationale des Libraires (EIBF) a eu l’honneur de rencontrer le président de la Commission Européenne, Jean Claude Juncker pour échanger avec lui sur le futur et le maintien de la vente de livres dans le cadre de la stratégie pour le marché unique numérique.

La délégation de l’EIBF, composée des co-Présidents Fabian Paagman et Jean-Luc Treutenaere, du CEO de l’association des libraires de Grande-Bretagne et d’Irlande, Tim Godfray, de Fernand Ernster, ex-président de la Fédération luxembourgeoise des libraires et de Françoise Dubruille, Directrice de l’EIBF, a souligné que les libraires ont accueilli favorablement les dernières initiatives de la Commission, et en particulier celles qui touchent au Marché unique numérique et à la mise en oeuvre de conditions de concurrence équitables.Read more