1. On ebooks and our stupid goverment.

    You know what’s annoying?
    VAT, which is zero-rated on real books, is charged at 20% on ebooks

    Literally everyone
    agrees this should not be the case, but as taxation is such an overly-regulated issue, and changing this would lead to such a comparatively small pay-off, no one ever bothers to DO anything about it.

    The government blames some old EU legislation for why they can’t do anything, the EU say they’ll look at the legislation in 2015 and maybe think about doing something then, meanwhile France and Luxembourg have ignored said EU legislation and cut taxes on ebooks to no ill effect.

    I just wish we had a system conducive of DOING SOMETHING, instead of one where everyone in power militantly refuses to get off their asses whenever there isn’t some corporate whore willing to wine them, dine them, and score some easy wins for their profit sheets in the process.

    Is it not good enough that it would benefit us all as individuals, increase access to great literary works, and help educate a generation?

    THIS IS SUCH A CLEAR CUT ISSUE THAT THERE IS LITERALLY NO COUNTER ARGUMENT TO BE HEARD.

    I’m pro as-many-people-as-possible having access to as-cheap-books-as-possible, whether paper or e.

    It’s not a big issue, not a controversial issue, not even one of the things I’m most passionate about, but god, it is so fucking stupid that we should be ashamed that this is how we are governed.

    Ebooks aren’t even a new thing, how many years do we have to wait for an actually-powerful politician to get off their ass and decide to finally push through doing something about it?

    Grr.
     
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