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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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Apple Promotion Codes

Apple has released a new promotional tool which allows publishers to download promo codes to send to reviewers, customers, etc. The codes can be redeemed for the free purchase of books in the iBookstore. You can request up to 50 codes per title, and your Fusion rep will download the codes and send them to you. Once 50 codes have been requested for a particular title, Apple will give no more codes for that title except for a new edition with a new eISBN. Codes are valid for 4 weeks (28 days) after the date of request/download and can be redeemed in whichever store(s) a title is live. Each code can be redeemed once and in only one store.

Some other important things to note:

  • The codes can be used only by holders in the territories where the book is available. Therefore, if a title is available in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US, codes can be redeemed only by people living in those territories.
  • When sending the code to someone, you must include the terms and conditions applicable to that person’s territory. For example, if you give a code to someone in the UK, you must send the UK terms and conditions. Your Fusion rep will supply you with the applicable Holder Terms and Conditions when she sends the codes.
  • You can distribute the codes between the effective date and 10 days before the expiration date.
  • Once the code is delivered, we cannot prevent redemption.

When requesting promo codes, send the title, eISBN, and desired number of codes to your Fusion representative.

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Cover JPEG Requirements

Beginning in August, Apple will only accept cover jpeg files that are a minimum of 1400 pixels on the short side. Any jpeg that is less than 1400 pixels on the short side will automatically be rejected and cause the epub distribution to fail. This change only refers to the separate cover jpeg, not the front cover inside the epub.

Publishers, if you want your titles to continue distributing to the iBookstore, please have your art departments create covers to this specification.

Titles that are currently live in the iBookstore will be grandfathered in and you are not required to provide new cover files.

Also, remember that the color space must be set to RGB.

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Hello all,

More NBN/RLPG ebook signing news published in PW today. Check out the announcement here.

We’re setting up the distribution process to 3M over the next week or so and will begin delivering your content to them to make available to libraries for lending.

The titles can be accessed via the 3M Cloud Library App on the iPad or iPhone, via PC or Mac, on the Nook, or on Android supported mobile devices.

As I wrote with the Gardners announcement, if you don’t see your title right away, be patient, we’re adding a lot (much more than is noted in that announcement), so it may take some weeks to get every title up and live. If after a few weeks you still don’t see a particular title that you believe should be there, contact your Fusion rep.

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Advances in Children’s eBook Publishing

Few of the early e-readers could adequately support picture books. However, with the newest generation of devices, there are more opportunities now for publishers of children’s books, cookbooks, comic books, etc. The advances started with Apple, which came up with an ePub format that was no longer reflowable and allowed publishers to create ePubs with similar layouts as their print titles. In the Fixed Layout ePub, each page is captured as an image with text embedded so that the text will still be searchable.

Now, Apple is not the only vendor accepting Fixed Layout ePubs (Kobo is beginning to support Fixed Layout on its color Vox reader), and the Fixed Layout ePub is not the only file format that can showcase children’s books.

The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s first color Kindle and its first tablet, displays picture books better than previous Kindle models.  The Fire supports Mobi files like the other Kindles, but it also runs KF8—a new proprietary format that Amazon created. Because KF8 supports fixed layouts, publishers can create Kindle versions of children’s books that look similar to the print versions.

To stay competitive, Barnes and Noble also came out with a format for children’s titles: the Nook Kids ePub, which customers can read on the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, or iPad with the Nook Kids app. Publishers can record narration that customers will hear once activating the Read to Me function, or customers can record narration themselves with the Read and Record function (only available on the Nook Tablet).

The KF8 and Nook Kids file formats are new and the specs have not been released. We will update you as we know more about creating these files. What our conversion vendor will charge for these file formats and Fixed Layout ePubs differs from the charge for standard ePubs.

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