European Commission approves the same VAT-level on eBooks and printed books

eLearningworld News In a general attempt to improve the VAT-rules for e-commerce the EU Commission is now working to make it possible for the member states to lower the VAT-level on digital books to the same as printed books. Commission spokeswoman commented that today printed books and newspapers can have …

Brazil Supreme Court equates Printed books and eBooks, removes the tax on the latter

eLearningworld News After the European Court of Justice ruling that an ebook should not be considered as a book and ebooks should continue to suffer of full VAT-rate, a similar case has been ruled in the Brazil Supreme Court this week, with the opposite outcome. The results of the ruling …

The European Court of Justice ruling differentiates freedom of expression

eLearningworld News The European Court of Justice still values the freedom of expression in a printed publication higher than a digital publication according to its recent VAT-ruling where a reduced rate will not be allowed on digital publications. Besides the problem that the higher VAT on digital publications is an obstacle …

Reading eBooks trending in China -a majority prefer eBooks before printed books

eLearningworld News from China In April 2016 eLearningworld reported about the fast growing Chinese eBook-market with focus on a national survey from Chinese Academy of Press and Publication that showed that 64 percent of the adults in China read eBooks in 2015, which was an increase by 5.9 percentage points, …

Latest News: Read or Play? Digital Media Consumption research shows big variations

eLearningworld News from the World A new research study from PayPal with the title: Digital Media Consumers – Cross-country trends shows differences in digital media consumption-patterns across national markets. The research concerns digital goods that are paid for, where in US, France and United Arab Emirates a majority prefers to …

Latest News: Ultra-thin electronic paper puts ebooks in a new light

eLearningworld News from Sweden Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is developing an thin electronic paper containing pixels of the primary colors red–green–blue (RGB) that give the same reflectivity and contrast as ink produced by an ordinary printer. This in contrast to LED-displays makes it work very well …