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  • EU Announces Changes to VAT on eBooks

    EU Announces Changes to VAT on eBooks

    The European Court of Justice has just concluded that EU member states are free to charge differing rates of VAT on eBooks and paper books. This will allow all countries in Europe to basically change their VAT on all books and not break ‘fiscal neutrality’, an EU concept whereby markets […]

     
  • EU Court Rules Libraries can Make eBooks without Publisher Permission

    EU Court Rules Libraries can Make eBooks without Publisher Permission

    The highest court in Europe has ruled that libraries can digitize books without publishers permission and distribute them to dedicated reading terminals. The decision rests on exceptions built into the EU Copyright Directive for reproducing and communicating intellectual property. Specifically it says that publicly accessible libraries may make works available […]

     
  • Japanese publishers brand Amazon conditions unfair

    Japanese publishers brand Amazon conditions unfair

    A group of Japanese publishers have lashed out at Amazon‘s new book sale rules, after US and European authors accused the online retailer of using strong-arm negotiating tactics. Several Tokyo-based publishers said Amazon recently unveiled a four-point system that rates them based on the size of the commission they pay […]

     
  • Dutch eBook Market Increases by 18% in Q2 2014

    Dutch eBook Market Increases by 18% in Q2 2014

    The Dutch eBook market has seen excellent growth in the last two years and recent Q2 financial figures from the publishing industry has seen it increase by 18%. We now see eBooks accounting for 26% of all sales, but print books are still strong with 74%. The Netherlands has a […]

     
  • Kindle Owners Tend Not to Remember Key Plot Points

    Kindle Owners Tend Not to Remember Key Plot Points

    A new European study has found that Kindle owners have a harder time recalling key plot points than paperback readers. The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month gave 50 readers the same short story by Elizabeth George to read. Half read the 28-page story on a Kindle, […]

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon

    Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon

    Cape (plural capes): literally, a sleeveless garment hanging from the neck over the back and shoulders; figuratively, a superhuman who has chosen...