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MEDIA RELEASE FROM ETHICAL CONSUMER MAGAZINE

 

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 MONDAY JULY 22nd 2013

 

Thursday 18 July 2013 

 

DON'T TAKE A TAX AVOIDER ON HOLIDAY

 

As the country prepares to wind down for its summer break Ethical Consumer today calls on holidaymakers to demonstrate their opposition to tax avoidance by not buying their holiday books from tax avoiding bookshops.

Many of the UK's leading bookshops both on the High Street and online have been identified by Ethical Consumer as being implicated in tax avoidance most notably Amazon. 

Other tax avoiding companies include Alibris, Google Play and Kobo. (see note 1 below)

Ethical Consumer researcher Tim Hunt said:

“This summer we're asking holidaymakers not to support tax avoiding booksellers. Instead sun-lovers can buy their favourite summer reading from the many companies who are supporting the British economy by paying their fair share of tax.”

 

Ethical Consumer recommends the following book-selling alternatives to tax avoiders: 

 

Online

Better World Books: www.betterworldbooks.co.uk

Green Metroplis: www.greenmetropolis.com

Oxfam Books:  www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/books

Booksetc: www.booksetc.co.uk

 

On the High Street 

Any independent bookshop. For details visit:

www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalreports/buyingbookswithoutamazon/radicalbookshopsdirectory.aspx

Foyles & John Smiths

Second-hand bookshops such as Oxfam

 

Alternatives to tax avoiders for people who already have an e-reader:

Use free sites such Project Gutenburg: www.gutenberg.org and Feedbooks: www.feedbooks.com  

Or buy from www.ebooks.com or www.booksetc.co.uk

 

E-readers also come under the ethical spotlight with Ethical Consumer unable to find any ethical or environmental argument in their favour.

 

Ethical Consumer researcher Tim Hunt said:

“E-readers such as Amazon's Kindle may be a top-selling piece of cutting-edge technology but they've yet to prove their environmental credentials.”

“You might think that one piece of hardware which contains a hundred books is an environmentally low impact option but this is yet to be proven. For us the greenest option is a book, preferably one that's reused.”

 

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

1 The product guide to bookshops and e-readers is available here: 

www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalreports/buyingbookswithoutamazon.aspx

 

2 Ethical Consumer is currently running a boycott of Amazon. 

For details visit: www.ethicalconsumer.org/boycotts/boycottamazon.aspx