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  • December 25, 2011
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Dan Gillmor, who we’ve mentioned here a number of times, has an article in the UK paper The Guardian about high American e-book prices, and how they have helped him rediscover his local library and used bookstores. When new ebooks were $10, I was buying them all the time. In almost all cases, book purchases…

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  • December 24, 2011
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After the matter came up in Parliament last week, the UK has once again declined to lower the value-added tax on e-books, which currently stands at 20%. The Bookseller reports David Gauke, the UK’s exchequer secretary, said the UK could not do this and remain in compliance with European Union law, which classes electronic media…

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  • December 17, 2011
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FutureBook’s Philip Jones has a piece looking at the problems of value-added tax (VAT) on e-books in Europe. The fundamental problem is that, in the UK, e-books are charged the highest possible VAT rate, 20%, while print books have been exempt from VAT for decades. Other parts of Europe are in similar situations. This has…

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  • December 16, 2011
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The Bookseller reports that Theresa Horner, vice-president for digital content at Barnes & Noble, has announced that the Nook will be coming to the United Kingdom in the “not too distant future.” Though B&N hasn’t determined whether it will be partnering with a UK company or creating its own UK presence, it is seriously considering…

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  • December 16, 2011
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FutureBook carries a review of a BBC program on that old e-cliché, the Death Of The Book. Called “Books – The Last Chapter?”, the program is available on BBC’s iPlayer, but only for people in the UK. Judging from review writer Philip Jones’s description, it doesn’t sound like I’m missing very much. Jones notes that…

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  • December 13, 2011
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From The Guardian: The Penguin Shorts progamme, a collection of short digital reads, has just launched with nine titles, ranging from a creepy short story by Dunmore to an essay on multiculturalism from Elif Shafak, accounts of the battles of Alamein and Isandlwana, recipes for the perfect Christmas day from Felicity Cloake and a novella by…

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  • December 11, 2011
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A couple of popular British novel series, one for children and one decidedly not, are coming to e-books, The Bookseller reported last week. The children’s series is Paddington Bear, the adventures of a small, talking bear named for the London railway station where he was found. The series already has a £3.99 (US $6.23) multimedia…

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  • December 7, 2011
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From The Bookseller: Asda will begin selling the Kobo wireless e-reader for £67 this Friday (9th December). The chain is the first supermarket store to sell the Canadian-based retailer’s product, which it is retailing at a discount of £20 off the r.r.p. The supermarket will also sell the Touchscreen Kobo for £107. In October, W…

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  • November 30, 2011
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Note: Full text search and snippets are free to all. Various payment plans to view full text. Details below. From the Announcement (Also Includes Video and Images): The British Library and online publisher brightsolid today launch a website that will transform the way that people use historical newspapers to find out about the past. The British…

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  • November 27, 2011
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The new chair of the UK-based Society of Authors, Lindsey Davis, has said that she is going to focus on pressing for a better e-book royalty rate during her two-year term, the Bookseller