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France Passes Anti-Amazon Law; Bans Free Delivery

From France24.com, Latest update : 2014-01-09

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In a bid to protect France’s independent bookshops, the French Senate on Wednesday night [1/8/14] approved a bill that would ban online book retailers from offering free delivery.

France has long protected small booksellers. Since 1981, a law has banned discounts on new books of more than five percent of the cover price, which effectively stops large chains from engaging in aggressive price wars with their smaller rivals.

But with huge growth in online sales, especially from Amazon, the game has changed.

Traditional booksellers in France claim Amazon and other web-based retailers are subjecting them to unfair competition by offering new books with a five-percent discount as well as free shipping.

The bill passed by the Senate, which was approved by France’s lower house of parliament in 2013, will forbid companies like Amazon from shipping to France for free…

…France has one of the highest number of traditional book shops in the world – with a total of 3,500, of which around 800 are single independent businesses.

This compares with the United Kingdom – which has less than 2,000 bookshops – whose numbers are being steadily eroded by web competition…

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Source: UK Christian Book Shop Blog

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  1. February 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

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