John McCarthy: “When we started, we had anticipated the vast majority of our merchants would be in the EU, but in January, it turned out that a large portion of our merchants were based in the US. We also have merchants from Japan and Singapore and Bolivia and they’re complying with this regulation.”

Kerry-based digital tax company Taxamo is to help non-EU-based online sellers comply with rules obliging them to pay VAT based on the buyer’s locatio(...)

Sinead O’Connor: “I’ve no intention, nor ever had I of dishing the sexual dirt (it mostly wasn’t that interesting). I merely had to come up with a funny quote to attach with the press release for the book.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Celebrities with merely one autobiography are barely worthy of the name but Sinead O’Connor has now broken new ground by revising her memoirs before t(...)

Anna Carey, with back turned, and, from left, Lia Cummins, Anna MacNeill, Laura McDunphy and Aoife Mitchell. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Books that are loved by teenage girls tend not to be taken very seriously, unless they start selling millions of copies. American author John G(...)

More than two dozen state attorneys general have joined the US Department of Justice in suing Apple over e-books price fixing. Those states, as well as a group of consumers, are seeking up to $840 million in damages

A US appeals court has rejected Apple’s bid to delay a July trial to determine damages after the company was found to have colluded to fix the prices (...)

Novelist Sue Townsend was best known as the author of the highly successful Adrian Mole series.

Novelist Sue Townsend, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books, has died, according to a family friend. The 68-year-o(...)

Books on the belt: Amazon posts books to lots of Irish customers.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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  • August 24, 2013, 01:00

At the end of last month Hodder Moa, the New Zealand-based imprint of Hachette, announced that it was closing its doors. The move meant that editors i(...)

Apple said it will appeal the verdict of the court. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Apple, the world’s biggest technology company, orchestrated a scheme with publishers to fix the prices of electronic books, a federal judge ruled in (...)

A Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader, right, and the Amazon Kindle. A federal judge has ruled that Apple conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books in violation of antitrust law, and called for a trial on damages. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg.

A federal judge has ruled that Apple conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books in violation of antitrust law, and called for a trial on damages(...)

Cut price: Penguin is ending its popular classics range

Two intriguing titbits of publishing news that caught my eye recently revealed a lot about the nature of 21st-century book publishing.The first was th(...)

Apple is going to trial alone after five US publishers agreed to eliminate prohibitions on ebook wholesale discounts. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Apple goes to trial tomorrow in the US over allegations by federal and state authorities that it conspired with publishers to raise the price of ebook(...)