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STATEMENT OF CONCERN ABOUT DISAPPEARANCE OF HONG KONG BOOKSELLERS

The American Booksellers Association (ABA), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Authors Guild (AG), the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), and PEN American Center (PEN) wish to express their extreme concern over news reports about the disappearance of five employees of a Hong Kong publishing company, Mighty Current, and its bookstore, the Causeway Bay Bookstore.  According to these reports, four of the employees disappeared in October, including the bookstore manager.  A fifth employee, Lee Bo, was reported missing last week.  Mighty Current is well-known for publishing books critical of the Chinese leadership.  Mighty Current books are sold by the thousands at the Hong Kong airport and other locations, including the company bookstore in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay neighborhood.  They are particularly popular with tourists from mainland China, where the books are banned.Read more

CREATIVITY WORKS! STATEMENT ON COPYRIGHT COMMUNICATION

Listening to Europe’s Creative & Cultural Sectors

Today the European Commission has published its Communication on the future of the European copyright framework. We are digital sectors at heart, and hope the Communication marks the start of an informed, constructive dialogue about how copyright should continue to enable the creative and cultural sectors to thrive in Europe – to the benefit of rights holders, audiences and users alike.

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EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL BOOKSELLERS EXPRESS THEIR SOLIDARITY TO PARISIAN COLLEAGUES AND POPULATION

EIBF wish to express its solidarity to Parisian colleagues and the French population. Say co-Presidents Kyra Dreher and Fabian Paagman: “ Our thoughts are with all of the Parisians and French people. Booksellers over the world have been horrified by the Paris events and wish to express their absolute solidarity with the French population.”

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TTIP Negotiations Will Not Include Fixed Book Prices: Börsenverein Welcomes Official Confirmation from EU Commission

The EU Commission will by no means discuss fixed book prices as part of negotiations relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), even if US negotiators bring up the matter themselves. Following the suggestion of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association), EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has now clarified this position in a written reply. According to Malmström, national book price-fixing systems – such as Germany’s Buchpreisbindungsgesetz (Fixed Book Price Law), which applies to both printed and electronic books – will in no way be affected by the planned TTIP trade agreement. This means, for example, that even US-American eBook platforms will be legally obliged to adhere to retail prices determined by German publishers when selling German-language eBooks to customers based in Germany. It also means that any non-compliance with this obligation can be prohibited in an effective manner.Read more

CREATIVE SECTORS STRESS THE NEED OF OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS BEFORE ANY COPYRIGHT REFORM

Statement regarding the adoption of the Own Initiative Report

on the Implementation of the Infosoc Directive


As members of a wide informal coalition of organisations from the creative sectors, which form an engine for economic growth and job creation, employing over 3.3% of the EU’s workforce and generating more than 4.2% of the EU’s GDP, we want to thank the many Members of the European Parliament who worked to improve the Own Initiative Report on the Implementation of the Infosoc Directive (Reda report). Read more

Hashtags enter the bookstores

Official launch of #mynextread campaign: LET’S INSPIRE EUROPE

Paris, 21.01.2015

Today in Paris, 21 January 2015, the EIBF is launching its #mynextread campaign. Bringing together booksellers in the EU and beyond, #mynextread is a multi-faceted campaign entirely developed at the initiative of EIBF aiming to energize the retail book sector and inspire a new generation of readers. Social media are where we are. And #mynextread is where bookshops and social media meet.

Read what you want, when you want, in whatever format you want” is the #mynextread message. The goal is to promote access, choice and sustainability within the book trade.Read more