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Stand up for copyright: Europe’s creative sector highlights dangers of proposed new WIPO treaty

A new international treaty introducing copyright exceptions for libraries and archives would severely damage European interests.

Creative sector organisations have united to warn the European Commission of the dangers of a proposed World Intellectual Property Organization treaty on copyright limitations and exceptions. At last week’s meeting of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), there were calls for an international treaty on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives.

The International Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers, the European Writers Council, for the book sector and other creative sector organisations have written to European Commission President, José Barroso, alerting him that any new legal instrument would severely prejudice Europe’s creative industries and wider interests.Read more

John Mc Namee, President of EBF steps down from EBF presidency

The European and International Booksellers Federation held its statutory General Assembly in London on Friday 11 April.

John Mc Namee who was first elected President of the European Booksellers Federation in 2005 and was re-elected for a second 3 year mandate in 2008, prolonged until 2013, stepped down from the position. Initially due to step down in 2011, John graciously accepted to prolong his presidency in the interest of taking forward the process then in course which led to the merger of the European and International Booksellers Federations into one single Federation.Read more

John Mc Namee, président de la fédération européenne des libraires, remet son mandat

La fédération européenne et internationale des libraires a tenu son assemblée générale à Londres le vendredi 11 avril.

John Mc Namee, président de la fédération européenne des libraires depuis 2005, et réélu en 2008 pour un second mandat de 3 ans, prolongé jusqu’en 2013,  a remis  son mandat de président à ses pairs.

Initialement élu jusqu’en  2011, John avait accepté de prolonger son mandat afin de finaliser le processus de fusion alors en cours entre les fédérations européenne et internationale des libraires.Read more

Book manifesto published by EWC, EBF and FEP for the European elections 2014 available in German

Manifest für die Europawahlen 2014

Bücher verbreiten Ideen, nähren den Geist und lassen Meinungsfreiheit Realität werden. Die Bürger Europas müssen Zugang zu Büchern haben, um die demokratischen Werte Europas, die dem Integrationsprozess zugrunde liegen, verstehen zu können. Bücher ermöglichen uns Bürgern, am wirtschaftlichen, sozialen, kulturellen und politischen Leben teilzuhaben. Das gilt insbesondere in unserer heutigen Wissensgesellschaft, die erhöhte Lesekompetenz verlangt.

Die europäische Buchbranche: Autoren – the European Writer’s Council (EWC), Verleger – the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) und Buchhändler – the European Booksellers Federation (EBF) sind wichtige Garanten für kulturelle Vielfalt in Europa. EWC vertritt 150.000 Buchautorinnen und -autoren, die in allen literarischen Gattungen, in über 40 Sprachen schreiben. Mehrere hunderttausend Personen arbeiten in Verlagen und Buchhandlungen. Das Buch ist darüber hinaus wirtschaftlich gesehen das wichtigste Kulturgut, mit einem Umsatz der Verlage von über 22,5 Milliarden Euro im Jahr 2012 und mit einer Produktion von über 535.000 Neuerscheinungen pro Jahr. Die Kataloge der europäischen Verleger weisen eine Vielfalt von ca. 9 Millionen Titeln auf (davon mehr als 2 Millionen Titel in digitaler Form. [FEP-Statistik 2012] Read more

EBF, FEP et EWC publient un Manifeste en vue des élections européennes de 2014

Les livres font circuler les idées, nourrissent l’esprit et favorisent la liberté d’expression. Les citoyens
européens doivent avoir accès aux livres afin de comprendre les valeurs démocratiques européennes, indispensables à notre projet commun. Les livres permettent aux citoyens de participer à la vie économique, sociale, culturelle et politique. C’est particulièrement vrai dans un univers numérique qui privilégie la connaissance et requiert de plus en plus de talents de lecture.

Les acteurs de la chaine du livre: les auteurs – la Fédération Des Associations européennes d’Ecrivains
(EWC), les éditeurs – la Fédération des Editeurs européens et les libraires – la Fédération européenne des Libraires, sont conjointement garants de la diversité culturelle en Europe. EWC représente 150.000 auteurs dans le secteur de l’édition, écrivant dans tous les genres et dans 40 langues. En outre, plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes sont employées dans les maisons d’édition et les librairies. Le livre est également le premier secteur culturel en termes économiques, avec un chiffre d’affaires de 22.5 milliards d’euros en 2013 et le lancement de 535.000 nouveautés chaque année. Il y a environ 9 millions de livres disponibles dans les catalogues des éditeurs européens (dont plus de 2 millions de titres en version numérique). (Statistiques FEE 2012)Read more

ICYB 2014 in Riga, Latvia: May 11th-16th, 2014 is organized by The Latvian Booksellers Association

This year Latvia is chosen to be the host country of ICYB, furthermore, this year Riga is also chosen by European Union as European Capital of Culture 2014. The designation provides us with a series of cultural events and Latvians are excited to use the opportunity to show the capital of Latvia at its best.

The Age of Information shapes modern society by instant access to global communications and networking. Therefore the main theme of the ICYB 2014 conference is “Permanent Connection!”: It changes the life style and brings fast evolution of technology to our daily life. How does it influence the booksellers today? What can be done to reach the customer accustomed to technologies?

Registration Form for ICYB 2014 in Riga

All new information will be posted in ICYB 2014 Riga event page

More info about ICYB: and

Email: – Official contact person: Edgars Fortinsh




The International Publishers Association calls on Europe to end VAT discrimination on e-books

End the discrimination: time for Europe to reduce VAT on e-books

With a European Commission expert group currently examining the best ways to tax the digital economy, IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel has called for VAT rates on e-books to be brought
into line with physical books. 

He was speaking after the publication of an IPA global VAT study, which reveals that the vast majority of European states apply full standard VAT rates to e-books while applying discounted rates to physical books. The anomaly results from EU law, which stipulates that booksellers are required to charge the full rate for e-books. France and Luxembourg recently broke ranks by reducing their e-book VAT rates to 5.5% and 3% respectively, leading to the European Commission initiating court proceedings against them. Read more

EWC, EBF and FEP publish a book manifesto for the European elections 2014


Books convey ideas, feed the mind and make freedom of expression a reality. European citizens need to have access to books in order to understand the European democratic values which are underlying the European process. Books are key to our citizens’ participation in economic, social, cultural and political life. This is especially true given the emergence of the knowledge economy and the increasing demand for literacy skills this has brought about.

The Book Chain: authors – the European Writers’ Council (EWC), publishers – the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), and booksellers – the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), together represent a
significant cultural diversity within Europe. EWC represents 150,000 authors in the publishing sector, who write in all genres, covering 40 languages; several hundred thousands of people are working in publishing houses and bookshops. Books are also the first cultural sector in economic terms, with a turnover for the publishers of € 22.5 billion in 2012 and an annual production of 535,000 new titles. European publishers held a total of about 9 million different titles in stock (of which more than 2 million in digital format)
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German Minister of Culture Monika Grütters in favour of reduced VAT rates on e-books

Free translation of the press release issued yesterday by the German Minister of Culture about reduced VAT on e -books. Press release in German below.

Said German Minister of Culture, Monika Grütters: reduced VAT for eBooks protects the diversity of our book offer

According to the present EU legislation, electronic books, newspapers and journals are electronic services and carry the full VAT rate.

The Minister for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, stated: “For cultural policy reasons, the reduced VAT rate applied to printed books has to be adopted as well for electronic books. Only with such a measure will we be able to protect the diversity of our book offer in a digital environment. Reduced VAT rates have a strong impact on the citizens’ capacity to access information and build up their own opinion.  We need to get rid of barriers not only to books and newspapers as cultural goods but also to literary content and media coverage. This is independent from the question whether the reader really holds the book or the
newspaper in his hand or downloads electronic content on his mobile reader.”Read more

Les auteurs d’Allemagne et de France engagés dans le marché numérique


Nicolas Gary Directeur de la publication de ActuaLitté

Les auteurs d’Allemagne et de France engagés dans le marché numérique

Dans la continuité des accords franco-allemands réunissant les acteurs de l’édition, l’Union des écrivains allemands (Verband Deutscher Schrifsteller et la Société des Gens de Lettres font une déclaration commune, rappelant que « les auteurs sont à l’origine de l’offre de création littéraire ». Et à ce titre, ils compteront comme les acteurs « de la diversité et de la qualité du marché » pour le livre numérique européen de demain.

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