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EU Takes One More Step Towards Maybe Allowing Reduced Tax on eBooks Some Day

The European Union's achingly slow battle over whether to allow ebooks the same potential for preferential sales tax treatment that print books are given has taken another expected steps towards potential resolution...some time in 2017. Or not. Following on a plan announced this spring, the European Commission has presented a…

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International Briefs: Kobo, Amazon, Luebbe and More

The rest of the world was open for business all week long and accounts for much of the catch-up news: - Kobo has now redirected their efforts to sell ebooks and ereading devices in Spain towards their France-based retail partner Fnac. The relationship has been expanded to Spain, where Fnac has 50 stores. Kobo…

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Pottermore Reports Another Big Loss, Still Promising Turnaround

A year ago JK Rowling's representatives were insisting the worst was behind them after reporting a significant annual loss for Pottermore, citing "recording breaking sales in December 2015" -- and now the turnaround story is being pitched again. They are "on the path to profitability" for the fiscal year ending…

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Kindle Unlimited Pool and Page Rate Rise, As Pages Read Declines

In their latest retroactive allocation of funds, Amazon has decided to give Kindle Unlimited participants a slightly larger pool of funds to share for October -- $16.2 million (up from $15.9 million in September), with the per page payment rate jumping to  $.005189 (up from $0.00497397). But at least some authors continue…

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Barnes & Noble Officially Launches $50 Tablet

The inexpensive, small Nook tablet that we reported on at the end of October based on various leaks was officially announced by Barnes & Noble on Wednesday morning. The seven-inch Android tablet will indeed sell for $49.99, making the it "the company's most affordable Nook ever," and it will include…

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Amazon Changes Third-Party Seller Rules

Amazon instituted new selling and shipping rules for third party media sellers that will increase the fees reaped by the etailer, and effectively end of the economic viability of selling so-called "penny books" on the site. As of March 1, 2017, the fees for selling media products, including books, will rise…

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EU Court Affirms Libraries' Right to Lend Legal eBooks

The European Union's Court of Justice issued a ruling on Thursday that declares EU rules about a public lending right to physical books through libraries apply to ebooks as well. The judgment imposes as a legal right what has become established business practice in the US for some time (albeit with…

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IDPF Members Approve Plan to Merge with W3C

Earlier this week, the members of the IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) approved the plan to merge with the larger W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), by a vote of 72 to 10 (with 44 members not voting). The organization notes that, "The plan will now proceed, with anticipated completion of…

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People, Etc.

Radhika Jones has joined the New York Times as editorial director, books, reporting to Pamela Paul. Previously Jones was at Time Magazine, the last three years as deputy managing editor. In her new role, Jones will oversee all review coverage in The Times, both from The Times's staff critics, and…

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Leaked Pictures Indicate Nook Has Cheap 7" Tablet Coming Soon

Although Nook stopped making its own tablets several years ago when they partnered with Samsung -- and has failed to sell those co-branded Samsung tablets in any meaningful quantities --  leaked documents indicate the company is working on a new tablet to be marketed and sold under its own brand name.…

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