It seems that the French government are trying to protect high street bookshops. That is something that has been suggested on this forum for a British government but as regards post offices and other small businesses.
It is not something that I support or have very much interest in. But some who may post on this will do well to remember their own past posts on similar subjects in the British high street.
Why penalise Amazon for selling books to cheap. Here in the UK, you only have to go to places like 'The Works', were you can buy last years or even sooner best sellers or overstocked issues for ridiculously low prices.
Think back a few years - we had a system called the "Net Book Agreement", this was a system that meant that you could not sell a current book for less than the cover price, remaindered books were excempt. It was meant to protect the small book shops from the likes of Waterstones.
The system was abandoned as it was in danger of being challenged in court as an illegal price fixing mechanism.
How many small booksellers are left?
I hate to say it, but maybe the French have a point...
Alan14 Like me you obviously have a connection with the booktrade, perhaps an explanation of what a remaindered book is, basically its a book the publisher no longer wishes to support, or a new edition is comming out or its going into paperback from hardback, the publishers sell all their stock off cheap to remainder book stores. Notice theres allways a lot of hardbacks in theses stores. Amazon is a different story, its about what Amazon want you to buy, their choice not yours.
>>It seems that the French government are trying to protect high street bookshops. That is something that has been suggested on this forum for a British government but as regards post offices and other small businesses.>>
The view has normally been that a French government of any era couldn't run a bath, never mind an economy.
Re Post Offices. The largest shareholder is the Governmentc (via the DTi).
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