Amazon is now offering French customers one centime ($0.014) shipping on purchased books, according to a report from English-language French website France24.
Last year, France passed what some called an “anti-Amazon” law, disallowing much discounting on books as well as free shipping on books, which some see as another form of discounting. The law went into effect this week.
Amazon has reportedly responded by offering ultra-cheap shipping, which doesn’t technically violate the law.
France24 quoted part of Amazon France’s FAQ page:
“We are unfortunately no longer allowed to offer free deliveries for book orders…. We have therefore fixed delivery costs at one centime per order containing books and dispatched by Amazon to systematically guarantee the lowest price for your book orders.”
While the French government claims the law isn’t aimed solely at Amazon, it did single out the retailer in its discourse around the issue. It also claimed the move is meant to protect France’s network of small bookshops.