• France announces minimum €3 book delivery fee to help booksellers compete with Amazon

    4 days ago - By The Verge

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    The French government has announced it will introduce a minimum charge for book deliveries of €3 in order to help small booksellers compete with retailing giant Amazon, reports Reuters. The minimum fee will only apply to orders under €35 .
    It's the latest measure by the French government to balance competition in the book sector and follows a decades-long tradition of protectionist laws. Since 1981, France has mandated fixed prices for books , with a maximum discount of 5 percent, and in 2010 expanded this law to cover ebooks. In 2014...
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  • France sets minimum book delivery fee in anti-Amazon struggle

    France sets minimum book delivery fee in anti-Amazon struggle

    4 days ago - By The Guardian

    New €3 charge aims to restore equilibrium between e-commerce firms that offer virtually free delivery France plans to impose a minimum delivery fee of €3 for online book orders of less than €35 to level the playing field for independent bookstores struggling to compete against e-commerce companies, the government has said. A 2014 French law prohibits free book deliveries but Amazon and other vendors, such as Fnac, have circumvented this by charging only 1¢. Local bookstores typically charge up to €7 for shipping.
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