VAT Update – Closed to EU Orders


You may have seen our announcement recently about having to close to orders from the UK due to VAT. Unfortunately things on that front are getting worse not better; new EU VAT rules, which took effect July 1st, require all businesses to collect, record, report and pay value-added tax on sales to customers within the EU, even on virtual goods like ebooks. This, unfortunately, is prohibitive for us. So users in the EU will no longer be able to complete orders with us. We are very sorry about this.

12 Responses to “VAT Update – Closed to EU Orders”

  1. Tom Clegg says:


    I’ve just read your announcement about VAT in the EU. I am a resident in France so I’m concerned. How will this affect my (many) existing subscriptions via Weightless Books? Should I stop renewing them as of now?

    Yours sincerely,
    Tom Clegg

    • Michael says:

      We’ll continue sending issues until your current subscriptions run out, but after that, you’ll be unable to renew.

  2. datcha says:

    Do you mean the management of the tax is prohibitive, becase it is country based ?
    Don’t you have the same VAT problem with Canada ?

  3. datcha says:

    Hi Michael
    I do not read everything on site.
    I realized there was a problem when I tried to pay my purchase and got hung in the middle of the Paypal payment process, without proper information. It took me some time, and a bit of experimenting, to discover your VAT closing. Why not block and give an explicit explanation (plus email) before we begin the payment process? It would be kinder.
    Best regards

    • Michael says:

      Bernard, you’re right, we should make this clearer. Sorry for the frustration! I’m working on it. Unfortunately, thus far we can’t tell what country you’re in until you log into PayPal at checkout.

  4. kcara says:

    This should not affect residents of US/Canada buying gifts for EU residents since the payment is made in US/Canada, right?

  5. datcha says:

    I do have a Canadian friend and colleague who wishes to order a subscription as a gift for me. Can he do that so that the books/magazines are added to my existing library on ?

  6. tocy777 says:

    Ahhhh crud :( would a US Paypal go through though?

    • Gavin says:

      I believe that would work. (Sorry about all this — one of the enjoyable parts of this tiny endeavour is the broad reach.)

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