Position Papers

Licences for Europe- Stakeholders Dialogue, Final Plenary Session

13 Nov 2013

Joint Statement by the European Booksellers Federation, the European Publishers Council, the European Writers Council, the Federation of European Publishers & the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers

Working Group 1 (cross-border and interoperability), Print Subgroup

Book sector's roadmap to enhance cross border access, interoperability and, discoverability of ebooks in the Single Market Read more »

On the interoperability of e-books formats

16 May 2013

The study was conducted by Professor Christoph Bläsi and Professor Franz Rothlauf of  Johannes Gutenberg University, who said: "There is no technical or functional reason not to use and establish EPUB 3 as an/the interoperable (open) ebook format standard. Read more »

The European & International Booksellers Federation is against the use of closed generic TLD by commercial entities

1 Mar 2013

The European and International Booksellers Federation, EIBF, represents
Booksellers Associations in the European Union and in the world. Through
its Members it represents more than 25.000 bookselling businesses worldwide.
Booksellers Associations in membership with EIBF have in membership all kind
of book retailers, terrestrial bookshops, online retailers, selling paper
and electronic books.
We read that at its February 2013 meeting, the ICANN Board of Directors
recognized the problems presented by applications that would restrict use of Read more »

Platform Statement on strong budget for Creative Europe

5 Feb 2013

The European Platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries advocates for a strong budget for Creative Europe

Ahead of the 7-8 February Special Summit on the EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework, the European Platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries ('The Platform') - a group of more than 40 organisations representing a wide range of cultural and creative sectors - calls on EU Member States to adopt a strong budget for 'Creative Europe', the 2014-2020 programme for the cultural and creative sectors. Read more »


27 Jun 2012
Group photoFabian Paagman and Neelie Kroes
Group photo - Credit © European Union, 2012Fabian Paagman with Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda at the ebook roundtable -  © EU

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EBF contribution to the European Green Paper on the Future of VAT

31 May 2011

EBF believes that any reform of the VAT system should take into account the following principles:

  • The specific identity of the book, both commercial and cultural item, independently of its format
  • The fact that VAT should be neutral in the cost structure of any business and be charged according to EU and national rules
  • The necessity to implement tax policies supporting the ambitious objectives of the Digital Agenda and the EU 2020 strategy.

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Contribution of EBF to the consultation regarding the application of the Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights

29 Mar 2011

Although booksellers are not usually the rights holders, they support the concept of
the enforcement of copyright as passionately as authors and publishers.
Furthermore, in reason of the shift to digitization and new digital business models,
booksellers will de facto guarantee the proper enforcement of copyright when they
sell e-books and digital files to their customers, either in terrestrial shops or online.

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