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One more step towards a European eBook Market

eLearningworld News Step-by-step we see the lights of dawn for a European eBook market as the EU Commission and other EU institutions continue its work to create a European market for content and media. According to the new proposal that concerns geoblocking, all EU buyers abroad should be treated as locals, which means that EU-citizens should be able to buy digital- and physical products across the European borders without any price restriction or other obstacles.… Continue reading

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 are that tax will not be allowed on any book-format. With this ruling, digital versions of books are practically indistinguishable from their physical versions. Reading… Continue reading

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 for a blooming digital publishing industry and its authors, it is a further democratic problem in the sense that digital publishing is open for all… Continue reading

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, while 58.4 percent read printed books, an increase with 0.4 percentage points. Shanghai Daily now reporting that the revenue of the eBook market reached US.4… Continue reading

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 play video-games before ebooks, while in UK, Italy. Japan and Russia a majority of the consumers prefer reading ebooks, more equally divided of play or… Continue reading

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 in bright light. One of the research team members, accociate Professor Andreas B. Dahlin, said “The ‘paper’ is similar to the Kindle tablet. It isn’t… Continue reading

Latest News: Georgian Minister of Education setting the agenda for an ebook future in school

eLearningworld News from Georgia Georgia’s newly appointed Minister of Education, Alexander Jejelava, is now promoting a gradual replacement of printed books in favour of ebooks in the school-system. “We have already arranged several meetings between local publishers and the companies that produce and develop electronic books abroad. We are going to tell the local publishers to offer electronic textbooks as an alternative,” Jejelava said. He estimates that during next 2-3 years 10 percent of the… Continue reading

Latest News: Schools see benefits with eBooks in the Classroom, according to new survey

eLearningworld News from US A new survey from ASCD and OverDrive shows that schools identify especially one benefit with eBooks in comparison with printed books to use in the classroom, namely, the great prospects of individualising the learning experience. Since reading is at the core of most classroom work, the benefit with digital reading allows students to absorb content at their own pace through its own learning path. Kate MacMillan, coordinator of library services and… Continue reading

Latest News: First step to Build a European Book Market

eLearningworld News from EU The EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive is being revised in order to better comprehend with todays media habits of especially young people. Since the younger generations consume less and less traditional media like TV broadcasting and more of different forms of digital experiences on demand. One of the EU Commission’s proposals is on geo-blocking where the new proposal defines the situations when there is no justified reason for geo-blocking or other… Continue reading

Latest News: Airport offers loan of eBooks for travellers

eLearningworld News from Malaysia The Malaysian KL International Airport (KLIA) is launching a new library service for book lovers where the travellers can lend from a collection of 800 eBooks in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. The loan is for two days and free of charge for the book reader. After the download no internet is required. The service is already highly appreciated since more than 10 000 travellers have used the service so far.… Continue reading