Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary RPG. This RPG, financed by Kickstarter, lets players run a band of mercenaries adventuring in the [...]

Diane Duane discusses selling e-books, writing and rewriting books in latest TeleRead podcast

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the TeleRead podcast today, I had an excellent interview with Diane Duane. We also had good questions from a number of chat participants, one of whom walked away with the 9-book Young Wizards New Millennium Edition collection. (He or she had to leave shortly before the drawing; hopefully they [...]

New report details book and e-book VAT rates around the world

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have released a report (PDF) collecting the VAT rates for print books and e-books in every country that charges them. Publishing Perspectives summarizes the report’s findings, which reveal wide [...]

Morning Links: More on VAT. Is our concept of “well read” elitist?

By Joanna Cabot
March 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is Our Concept of ‘Well-Read’ Elitist? (Book Riot) For quite a while now, I have been thinking about what it means when we say that someone is well-read. *** EU Court Rules eBooks Aren’t eBooks, Orders Tax Rates Increased (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Following a several year long legal [...]

Amazon issues EU VAT guidelines for KDP authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

Following the introduction of the European Union’s new VAT-MOSS regime, as reported by Chris Meadows, Amazon has now issued details on the implementation of VAT collection for Kindle Direct Publishing, and KDP authors like me have received a lengthy email from the Kindle Direct Publishing [...]

Diane Duane holds Cyber Monday sale; may have to close e-book store

By Chris Meadows
November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Diane Duane’s e-book store is running a 50% off sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. All e-books in the store are half-off, no discount code required. But as Duane explains in a blog post, this could very well be her last Cyber Monday sale, because of the new VAT MOSS regulations coming into [...]

New European VAT law could threaten small e-businesses

By Chris Meadows
November 29, 2014 // 4 Comments

New European Union regulations regarding value-added taxes (a sort of European equivalent of sales tax) will take effect January 1, 2015 that could cause problems for businesses selling electronic goods and services. Referred to as VAT MOSS (for “Mini One-Stop Shop,” the web portal each member [...]

UK Booksellers Association CEO sends curious Xmas card

By libertyc
December 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

As reported in The Bookseller, UK Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray has circulated a rather interesting Christmas message to members, highlighting some key priorities for the BA that appear, on reflection, a little odd – when set against those members’ actual interests. Godfray [...]

European Council may bring changes in EU ebook VAT

By libertyc
October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

A meeting of the European Union’s European Council scheduled to take place this week could bring about a retail mini-revolution for ebooks in Europe, at least if certain writeups in the media are to be believed. As reported in The Bookseller, the meeting may see the different rates of value [...]

Amazon’s UK Tax Debacle: Time for the scapegoat to butt back?

By libertyc
May 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

UK press, politicians and public all seem heated up about Amazon’s tax bills in the UK—or lack thereof. Seems those deceitful corporations have been daring to incorporate and structure across jurisdictions, rather than standing meekly inside good honest British borders and reaching their hands [...]

European Commission investigates France, Luxembourg for illegally lowering VAT on e-books

By libertyc
July 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Remember how Amazon has based its European operations in Luxembourg due to that country’s lower value-added tax rate on e-books? And France has reduced its own rate? Today the European Commission served notice that it was launching an investigation into whether these countries had broken European [...]

UK Publishers Association lobbies for e-book VAT reduction

By libertyc
April 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

In December, I mentioned the UK Parliament considering and then declining to lower the UK’s 20% value-added tax (VAT) on e-books. Lowering the VAT is technically against EU law, though that hasn’t stopped countries such as France and Luxembourg from doing it. Publishing Perspectives reports [...]

Sign the e-petition to remove VAT from ebooks

By libertyc
September 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

From the e-petition site in the UK: E-BOOKS VAT ABOLITION Responsible department: Her Majesty’s Treasury Paper books are free from VAT despite their impact on the environment yet e-books carry 20% VAT. Paper books need oil based inks and glues, high energy use for paper production and [...]

France delays ebook VAT cut

By libertyc
December 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

From The Bookseller: The cut in VAT on unenriched ebooks from 19.6% to 5.5% in France will almost certainly be postponed for a year from 1st January 2011 to 2012. An all party committee of members of parliament from both houses agreed during a meeting on Monday to iron out differences over the 2011 [...]

French Senate reduces VAT on ebooks

By libertyc
November 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

According to The Bookseller the French Senate has legislation pending that will reduce VAT on ebooks from 19.6% to 5.5%. The reduction would cover only “unenriched” versions of print books. According to the article there is some question as to whether the provision will be passed as it [...]

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