Edinburgh ‘Disruption in Publishing’ Conference, 20 June 2014

So that’s it for this year… Described by one attendee as “an insanely great publishing meeting” !

Thanks to all our wonderful speakers: Cory Doctorow, Ian Ritchie, Timo Hannay, John Gilbey, Jan Velterop, Mark Hahnel, Michelle Brook, Rachel Willmer, Brennan Dunn, Peter Armstrong.

And our best wishes to Jenny Todd, who couldn’t make it on the day because of a car accident, hope all is well!

Here’s the links to the talks:

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v5.1: Redesign and new country, Germany

I’ve recently uploaded a new release (v5.1.0)

New Design

V5 brings a new design; and I hope you like it.

Please take a minute to check your settings; you have total control over which stores you follow, so if you’re getting alerts for stores or countries you don’t expect, then please just go to your settings and switch them off.

New Country (Germany)

One of the main behind-the-scenes benefits of this new design is that it’s going to be much easier to add new countries and stores, so please let me know what you’d like to see.

v.5.1 adds the first of the new countries, Germany.

Change to Author Alerts

There’s also been a change to the way I’m handling author alerts; previously I was sending out a weekly email which repeated all the future releases from your authors. I got some feedback that this repetition was annoying, rather than useful, so I’ve changed it. Now you’ll get just the one email for each book release when we first notice it; (and perhaps another on its week of release, I haven’t decided about that yet)

Keep the suggestions and feedback coming; it’s really helpful!


It’s going to be harder to sell ebooks in Europe in 2015

I’m working on a project to enable a UK-based author do direct worldwide ebook sales of their own works. Selling ebooks in Europe is an important part of that worldwide market.

And, given that this is a UK-based project, we need to comply with the relevant VAT rules.

If the customer is in the EU, we add the VAT. If they’re not, we don’t. If we add the VAT, it’s the UK rate of 20% and we pay it to the UK HMRC.

Relatively straightforward and easy to implement.

So obviously, we can’t have that!

So the EU is introducing a change to the VAT rules on 1st Jan 2015 so that the VAT will need be based on the place of the buyer, not the seller. So. add 20% if in the UK, add 3% if in Luxembourg, etc…

And at the end of the VAT quarter, do we pay those amounts separately to each countries’ equivalent of our HMRC? Or pay it just to the UK HMRC? Who knows? Apparently, full guidance on this hasn’t been issued yet. Which makes it rather hard to implement…

What madness is this! Wasn’t the point of the EU to make it easier to do business with each other? not more complicated?

In which case, why have they decided to make it so much easier for a non-EU company to sell into the EU market; than for someone to do it from within?

Martin Walker: “Bruno, Chief of Police”

The “Bruno, Chief of Police” series is set in deepest rural France, and Martin Walker’s love and knowledge of the area shine through.

He describes a France populated by real people, trying to maintain their way of life despite a constant battle with the bureaucrats from Brussels attempting to enforce their rules of homogeneity.

It’s beautifully written with insights into the changing way of life, the politics, the history, the people. Makes you want to go there.

I’ve just finished the 2nd in the series, and it’s just as good.

“Bruno, Chief of Police” is only £1.80 as an ebook; why not try it today?

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