EU Labour Law complements policy initiatives taken by individual EU countries by setting minimum standards.
In accordance with the Treaty - particularly Article 153 - it adopts laws (directive) that set minimum requirements for:
And now the book world. When we began to seriously consider to publish our titles as e-books in 2008/2009, we basically had two choices: Mobipocket or EPUB. At that time the ‘biggest’ players. Because e-books were then pricey to create, publishers awaited and examined for a long time to find out what was the smartest thing to do. When bol.com (the largest Dutch online bookseller) announced in the summer of 2009 to start selling e-books in a combination with the Sony Reader, the decision was forced: it became the EPUB format. At this moment in time, you can hardly find any Mobipocket e-books in The Netherlands, everything is EPUB by now. In the US (and other countries where Amazon is dominant in digital reading), this is different. The Kindle format is a derivative of Mobipocket, and is a very different type of e-book than we know (EPUB). But other big players, such as the Nook, Kobo and Apple, do use the EPUB format.