France Passes ‘Anti-Amazon’ Law

shutterstock_137810639France has passed a new law aimed at protecting the country’s 3,500 bookstores, 800 of which are single shops. The law basically prevents online booksellers from offering free shipments. It’s being dubbed the “Anti-Amazon Law.”

France, perhaps more so than other wealthy nations, has moved to protect its bookish culture from encroachment from ebooks and from online retailers.

A 1981 law pre-dates the new legislation, which augments it. It allows no more than a 5% discount on any books and then only under special circumstances.


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