EU publishing chiefs to discuss e-book tax. From @thebookseller
The chiefs of Europe's publishing houses will meet today (26th June) in Brussels at a round-table discussion on growing the e-book market set to emphasise the need for e-books to be taxed at the same rate as physical books.
Penguin chief executive John Makinson and Hachette commercial director Richard Kitson will join publishers including Riccardo Cavallero of Mondadori, Hedwige Pasquet of Gallimard Jeunesse and Rudiger Salat of Holtzbrink Verlagsgruppe at this morning's discussion, hosted by the Federation of European Publishers and the European Booksellers Federation.
Ahead of the event, the FEP and the EBF have told attendees VAT should be lowered on e-books in order for them to thrive, and that digital books should be possible to read on “any e-book bought on any platform, on any device” to benefit consumers.