To our British purchasers: Ebooks Direct after the Brexit transition period, from 1/1/21

To our British purchasers: Ebooks Direct after the Brexit transition period, from 1/1/21

If you're located in Great Britain and you've considered purchasing from us, please note that after January 1, 2021 -- with deep regret -- we will no longer be selling our ebooks directly to UK customers.

The upcoming changes in the VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to UK customers mean that the burden of charging VAT on inbound items moves to the entity selling the goods. This, as it stands, is exactly the way that the Ebooks Direct store has been handling UK VAT since 2016, when the EU's "One Stop Shop" for the sale and remittance of VAT on digital goods was phased in.

However, since the UK will no longer be operating in cooperation with EU tax bodies after the transition period ends, at that point the changes in the article linked to above will take effect. Those changes mean that companies functioning as online marketplaces (OMPs) selling directly to UK customers must (at considerable expense) register with the UK VAT office, and file remittance paperwork with the VAT office for every item sold. (This paperwork would have to be filed even when "selling" items that are below the VAT thresholds, or free. We would be entirely willing to simply decline to charge UK customers VAT, but the new regulations won't permit that.)

Ebooks Direct qualifies as an OMP under the new UK VAT rules. We've crunched the numbers, and (again, with regret) we find that the amount of business we do in a given year with UK purchasers doesn't cover even the expense of the initial VAT office registration -- let alone what handling the ongoing paperwork would cost us in terms of time and labor.

So, as of 00:01 on January 1, 2021, we will no longer sell our ebooks directly into the UK market. Where possible, we will offer the same ebooks on and/or (and we'll provide links on our product pages here to those items). But ebooks that are being exclusively offered at Ebooks Direct will no longer be available for purchase by UK readers. Our apologies; we had hoped it wouldn't come to this.

Therefore, if you're in the UK and have had your eye on one of our exclusives, we suggest you make sure to swing by before December 31, 2020 and grab whatever it might be that's caught your eye.

If you are a former Ebooks Direct purchaser with a UK address: we will of course continue to honor our promise to you to (on your request) replace at no cost any previously purchased ebooks you've lost through platform change or misadventure. You simply won't be able to make any new purchases after 1/1/21. We're very sorry about that.

And to all our current and previous UK customers: thank you again for your custom. We'll miss you.


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