E-book news from France and Italy

E-books for France via Google Play; VAT price hike in Italy.

France has become the fifth European country (after Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) to launch e-books on Google Play.  Users can access the Google Play cloud via most devices including Android, PC and Mac.

(More on this story via itproportal)

Meanwhile in Spain, VAT on e-books has been raised to 21% while tax on print books has been maintained at the preferential 4% rate granted to 'cultural goods'.

More analysis on this story via Publishing Perspectives.