Monthly Archives: December 2014

iBooks VAT in Europe

On January 1, 2015, value-added tax (VAT) rates for electronic books sold through Apple iBooks will change in most EU territories. VAT will be based on the customer’s country of residence instead of being 3% across all EU territories.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the following VAT rates (current as of November 30, 2014), based on the customer’s country of residence, will be applied:

Country/VAT Rate Applied to eBooks
Austria 20%
Belgium 20%
Bulgaria 20%
Croatia 25%
Cyprus 19%
Czech Republic 21%
Denmark 25%
Estonia 20%
Finland 24%
France 5.50%
Germany 19%
Greece 23%
Hungary 27%
Ireland 23%
Italy 22%
Latvia 21%
Lithuania 21%
Luxembourg 3%
Malta 18%
Netherlands 21%
Poland 23%
Portugal 23%
Romania 24%
Slovakia 20%
Slovenia 22%
Spain 21%
Sweden 25%
UK 20%

*Note that VAT rates in EU member states may change at any time depending on relevant legislation. The standard VAT rate is used for all EU countries except France and Luxembourg, which have authorized a lower electronic book VAT rate.

If you have any questions about the changes, contact your Fusion representative.


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Holiday Processing Times

Christmas is approaching, which means people are rushing to finish their holiday shopping. It also means there is a limited window for getting eBooks live before the sites go on break.

A few of the vendors have announced their holiday blackout periods:

Amazon:  Dec 19 – Dec 28
Apple:  Dec 22 – Dec 29
Kobo:  Dec 22 – Jan 2

During this time distributions to these sites will be suspended.  To ensure all new titles and promotional pricing scheduled for this period are available on the sites, please plan accordingly and deliver all content and metadata updates by Monday, December 15.

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