Posted Aug 2, 2012 16:57 UTC (Thu) by anselm
In reply to: Reader devices
Parent article: The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
Here in Germany, e-books are taxed at the standard rate of 19%, while paper books qualify for a reduced rate of 7%. In principle, the rationale behind the reduced rate is to make it easier for the poor to afford the basic prerequisites for civilised life; apparently anyone who can afford a PC, tablet computer, or dedicated e-book reader does not require that sort of assistance.
On the other hand, some of the 7% exceptions are really weird; donkeys are taxed at 19% but mules, like horses, at 7%. Donkey meat as a food item, on the other hand, is taxed at 7%, too. Tomato juice is taxed at 7% but tomato ketchup and tomato sauce at 19%. The junior partner in the German coalition government, the Liberal party (FDP), recently made itself quite unpopular by arranging for the tax on hotel accommodation to be lowered to 7%, in a move that was widely considered catering to minority interests.
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