Message fromMadam Neelie KroesVice-President of the European Commission
It is no secret that Europeans like reading.
ey like reading printedbooks, but increasingly ebooks too. And it is a well-known challenge thatbookshops have to re-invent themselves for the digital world. Booksellersplay an important role in our European societies.
ey are a little likefriends recommending a good book for you and helping you discover yourown taste and have a good time reading it.
ey also o
er a nice social spacewhere you can
nd inspiration and peace in your busy life schedule.My wish is that booksellers in Europe can take initiatives and bene
t fromthe growth in the ebook markets.
is is why I also welcome this study by theEuropean Booksellers Federation. Interoperability is a major requirement tobuild a truly digital society.
is applies to ebooks too. When you buy aprinted book it’s yours to take where you like. It should be the same with anebook. You can now open a document on di
erent computers, so why notan ebook on di
erent platforms and in di
erent apps? One should be able toread one’s ebook anywhere, any time on any device.
is study provides interesting insights on ways to reach true interoperability in the ebook market, through both interoperable ebook formats andinteroperable DRM schemes. Now is the time for open standards regardingebooks, just like has happened in other areas of the digital economy.Neelie KroesVice-President of the European Commission,in charge of the Digital Agenda
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