Thursday, May 19, 2011

Education: My Part in its Downfall

Education: My Part In Its Downfall has just arrived on Amazon. Click here or on the picture in my right hand sidebar to download it to Kindle, laptop, Ipad, portable telephone etc. You can read it on anything that can run the Kindle software (which you download here) but the Kindle reader is actually really good- I'm a converted sceptic.

As you might expect from me, there's been a couple of cock-ups. For a brief while the title had an apostrophe in "its" and the price is currently £4.43 but will drop to £3.79 tomorrow. (I didn't realise that they add VAT on top of the sale price as ebooks have to pay it but paper ones do not)

I hope you enjoy the book and please feel free to ridicule any mistakes.

9 comments:

Mosher said...

I'll wait for the paper version, but I'm surprised to find that eBooks don't get the same VAT immunity that old-fashioned ones do. That's something that really needs corrected (not on Amazon - as policy!)

Anonymous said...

If the VAT is at the full rate, the most the UK can do is drop it down to 15%. EU law prevents us from dropping it further.

Mosher said...

Really? Why is that when we can exempt paper books (and fresh food, children's clothing etc)?

Excuse my lack of knowledge of taxation legislation :)

Paul said...

I loved the first book, when will this one be out for those of us who prefer the paper version.

OliviaScotland said...

Looking forward to the paper version, too! Any idea when it's due?

Anonymous said...

@Mosher:

My limited understanding is that we avoided putting VAT on some items (e.g. some foodstuffs - see the biscuit/cake debates). This leaves the decision whether or not to apply VAT to us. As long as we keep the VAT rate on an item below 15%, we can tinker with it as we see fit (e.g. fuels). As soon as VAT on an item exceeds 15%, we can no longer reduce the rate below 15% by EU rules.

Now, why we have VAT on anything? Well, that was part of the conditions of us joining the EEC, way back when.

Info recalled from memory, YMMV.

johnnorman said...

Never mind the VAT! Just buy this excellent and entertaining book. I've been looking forward to this since IYTYW, and it doesn't disappoint.

Buckfast Felize said...

I'd have left the apostrophe in. It's somewhat... ironic.

Lynn said...

I just LOVE Frank Chalk, but please tell me when the book version of education my part in its downfall is due out as I do not want to read it on kindle but in a good old fashioned book, thanks