Amazon's latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed that the company collected record sales income of €44 billion (about $53 billion) in Europe last year but did not have to pay any corporation tax to the Grand Duchy. The Guardian reported that accounts for Amazon EU Sarl, "through which it sells products to hundreds of millions of households in the U.K. and across Europe, show that despite collecting record income, the Luxembourg unit made a €1.2 billion [about $1.5 billion] loss and therefore paid no tax."
"It seems that Amazon's relentless campaign of appalling tax avoidance continues," said Margaret Hodge, a British Labour MP who has long campaigned against tax avoidance. "Amazon's revenues have soared under the pandemic while our high streets struggle, yet it continues to shift its profits to tax havens like Luxembourg to avoid paying its fair share of tax. These big digital companies all rely on our public services, our infrastructure, and our educated and healthy workforce. But unlike smaller businesses and hard-working taxpayers, the tech giants fail to pay fairly into the common pot for the common good."
The London Book Fair, which announced last month that the 2021 event, postponed until June 29-July 1, would go virtual, has outlined a three-week online program. The events, beginning June 7, "offer varied content for different audiences" that will "shine a spotlight on key areas of the Fair, creating the opportunity for a larger global audience than ever before to come together in a flexible way to network, learn, and share ideas."
Panels and conferences will address a range of topics, including rights, educational publishing and scholarly publishing. The LBF International Excellence Awards 2021 will be held June 29, and Matt Haig will be Author of the Fair and the focus of an In Conversation event.
Anne Schiøtz has been named director of the Norwegian Booksellers Association (Bokhandlerforeningen), effective August 1, following the departure of Trine Stensen and Elin Øy. Noting that Shiøtz "brings with her a wealth of experience from development and digitization fields" as well as previous experience with the association, the European & International Booksellers NewsFlash wrote that the EIBF co-presidents "congratulate Anne on her new role, and are looking forward to working with her closely in the future. We also wish to thank Trine and Elin for their close collaboration with EIBF over the years."
The Börsenverein (the German book industry association), together with Allianz Kulturstiftung and 20 other partners, launched Freedom of Expression Week, EIBF's NewsFlash reported. Taking place May 3-10, the week "aims to draw attention to the importance of, and the many threats to, the right to freedom of expression. Between the International Press Freedom Day on May 3 and the Day of the Book Burning in Germany on May 10, events, actions and campaigns will take place throughout Germany under the claim #MehrAlsMeineMeinung."
Poetic Mother's Day chalkboard message from Australian bookseller Farrells Bookshop in Mornington, Vic.:
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
For this Mother's Day
Gift a Book from You.