I read couple of months ago that a new law would be effective in 2008 December in EU. According to the new law you won't have to pay the taxes if the importable package is worth less than 150 euros (it was 22 euros before). Also the new 150 euro limit applies only if one of the parties is a company. So if Jason sent you the book, you would have to pay the customs taxes, but if Massive Black sent you the book, you wouldn't.
I think the law became effective on 1st December.
I'm not sure at all though, correct me if I'm wrong.
h2rra, thanks for making this clear, I did not know this. However, the shipping rates to Germany/Europe question seems still to be unsolved....