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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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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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Denmark's JP/Politikens Forms Swedish Publishing House, Polaris

Denmark-based publishing company JP/Politikens will launch a new publishing house in Sweden, Polaris Förlag, concentrating on literary fiction, crime and thrillers, and popular nonfiction, in the second half of 2017. Polaris, which will operate as an independent unit of JP/Politikens and based in Stockholm, will be overseen by Jonas Axelsson,…

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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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Former longtime USA Today books reporter and critic Bob Minzesheimer, 66, died October 15 at his home in Ossining, NY of brain cancer. Minzesheimer joined Gannett in 1982, eventually becoming politics editor for USA Today before moving over to books and features from 1997 through 2014. He is survived by his wife,…

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Sweden's Grand Agency has acquired competitor Stockholm Noir Agency (founded late last year) and SNA's ceo Jenni Brunn will now work as an agent at Grand Agency. Brittany Boughter has joined Chronicle Books as marketing manager, entertainment and art. Most recently, she was digital marketing manager at Penguin Random House UK. Carolyn Cox has joined Open Road…

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Theresa Thompson has been promoted to president at Sterling Publishing, which she has run since 2012 as executive vice president (following the departure of Marcus Leaver, and B&N's withdrawn effort to sell the publisher). She is responsible for the management of the company, both creatively and operationally, and will oversee…

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Source Says Amazon In Preliminary Settlement Talks In EU eBook Antitrust Case

With the European Commission looking to flex some regulatory muscle over American-based technology giants including Apple, Google and Amazon, at least one source reported to Reuters on Tuesday that "Amazon is in talks to settle the e-book case" under investigation by the EC "but it is too early to say whether…

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Amazon: KU Dispute In Japan, Revised Review Rules

A few big Japanese publishers are reporting that Amazon abruptly withdrew their titles from the Kindle Unlimited subscription program over the weekend. Though in the US and other major territories most big publishers resisted willingly participating in KU, in Japan the WSJ says that "as part of a deal to attract…

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