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Ebook sales declined 4% in 2016, while physical books sales rose 2%

The cost of ebooks could be about to fall after a vote by MEPS to reduce the rate of VAT charged to bring them in line with the rate on printed books.(...)

The Iron Throne: Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) appear in the forthcoming season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, available on Sky and its streaming service Now TV

Five years after it first introduced the product in the UK, Sky has launched Now TV in the Irish market. The concept is a simple one: Now TV is a stre(...)

Television personality Bill O’Reilly shakes hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Bill O’Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment (...)

A battle with a company with pockets as deep as Apple’s is a daunting prospect. Phtograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

A year ago, tech giant Apple was weighing up a takeover of Imagination Technologies, the Hertfordshire-based company behind the graphics in its iPhone(...)

Nielsen and AAP figures show  ebook consumers falling away from ebooks and ereader devices. Photograph: Getty Images

Guess what’s back? Physical books that you can hold in your hand, open wide to breathe in that satisfying ink-on-paper bouquet, and carry without fear(...)

Hit: the popularity of Irish whiskey in the US has seen  a 14 per cent year-on-year rise in the value of on-trade sales

Irish whiskey sales increased 28 per cent in value in US bars and restaurants in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day, according to data from market analyst(...)

Shop signs: Consumers in the  Republic are  the 6th  most upbeat in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

A recently published graph reflecting consumer confidence and spending plans in Ireland over the past decade looks like a terrifying rollercoaster. Th(...)

‘Spending is increasing, as confidence returns and personal saving declines.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

At the end of last year, consumer confidence was at its highest level since the recession, and the Republic is now the sixth most confident country in(...)

Waterstones, which owns Hodges Figgis in Dublin as well as  the Cork branch of Waterstones, recorded a pretax profit of €1.9m. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Booksellers Waterstones more than doubled its profits in Ireland in the year to the end of April 2016, accounts just filed at the Companies Office sho(...)

 Numbers game: Taraji P Henson in Hidden Figures

At the start of January, Hidden Figures won the US weekend box office race, beating the behemoth that is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by taking in a c(...)

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