Glose ebook start-up raises another 3m Euros
13 Dec 2018 (TechCrunch, via The Digital Reader)
French mobile reading platform lets you share your thoughts with other readers.
Ebook sales up 45% in Germany
11 Dec 2018 (destatis.de, via The Digital Reader)
E-Books were purchased by 1.6 million households in 2017. This corresponds to an 8% share of all households with expenditure on books. In 2014 there were 1.1 million households (5%).
Push to lower UK’s ebook tax
20 Oct 2018 (The Sun)
“Digital books could help open a door to reading for some kids that have never been exposed to it, or are growing up in homes that don’t have any printed books. So taxing one form of reading over another is illogical and potentially damaging for new generations of readers growing up digital.”
EBSCO reaches more than 120,000 DRM-free titles on its ebook platform
3 October 2018 (EBSCO.com)
Users can download either the full-book or unlimited chapters with no sign-in required, read them in any application and transfer them to any device. Librarians have the choice between the DRM-free unlimited user version of a title or a limited user model with standard DRM-protection For the EBSCO eBooks that remain DRM-protected, users can still easily download DRM-free chapters.
Ebooks account for 15% to 20% of book sales in Australia
2 October 2018 (Books+Publishing)
It is estimated that ebooks make up around 15-20% of the market in Australia, although this can vary greatly between genres. Similar to other English-language markets, ebook sales appear to have plateaued in recent years—at least within traditional trade publishing.
EU set to allow lower VAT on ebooks
28 September 2018 (The Financial Times)
Measure pushed by France will bring ebooks into line with printed equivalent. EU officials had grown tired of hearing domestic political squabbles over reduced rates and in January the European Commission proposed allowing each country to apply reduced rates to most goods and services, as long as they maintained a weighted average VAT rate of at least 12 per cent.
Penguin-RH Tightens Terms for Public Libraries
4 September 2018 (PW)
All ebooks sold after 1st October will expire after the library has owned them for two years.
Penguin-RH to Launch Academic Library Platform
4 September 2018 (PW)
The publisher will be creating a program exclusively for academic libraries, under which they will be able to purchase perpetual access copies, although at “a significantly higher price” than public library copies.
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