Poland is getting fed up with the VAT between print books and e-books and are doing something about it. A number of Polish judges have asked European Court of Justice to look into the matter.
Currently print books in Poland have a 5% VAT but e-books carry a hefty surcharge of 23%. The main reason for this is because the EU classifies e-books are a “service” and not a “product.”
Not only are the judges now involved, but the Minister of Culture Małgorzata Omilanowska called on the European Commission to immediately start working on a directive that would make electronic and traditional books legally equal.
The high cost of VAT on e-books is stagnating the entire digital publishing industry in Poland. Schools, libraries and corporate bodies are still going with print, because the digital editions are not budget friendly.