Promoting reading in the digital environment
The European Union’s 2015-2018 Work Plan for Culture mandated EU Member States’ experts to meet in 2015, on a voluntary basis, to produce a report with case studies on the topic of: ‘Promoting reading in the digital environment in order to encourage access and audience development. Mapping of the regulatory framework with particular reference to licensing practices, cross-border services and e-lending by public libraries’. The Work Plan also highlighted reading ‘as a tool to spread knowledge, enhance creativity, support access to culture and cultural diversity and develop awareness of a... European identity, taking into account the various conditions applied to e-books and physical books’. Twenty-three Member States participated, as well as Norway (by invitation), each government nominating experts to participate in meeting(s), drafting work and/or the group’s collaborative online platform. The topic is clearly timely and relevant to policy developments at national, EU and global levels, including: digitisation of literary heritage; creation of e-lending platforms; reading promotion; pricing policies and subsidies; VAT rates; copyright and lending rights legislation; research and statistics; interoperability of hardware/software; and access to published works for people with print disabilities.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (European Commission) Themes: Culture, Information technology and telecommunications
- Subject: artistic creation, cultural cooperation, cultural pluralism, cultural policy, cultural promotion, culture industry, digital literacy, digital technology, electronic publishing, EU Member State, information technology, public library, right to culture, virtual library