Saturday, June 28, 2014

French 'Anti-Amazon' Law Goes to President for Signature

Shelf Awareness

The French Senate has ratified a bill previously passed by the National Assembly nicknamed the "anti-Amazon law," which prohibits online retailers from offering free delivery of discounted books, Agence France-Presse (via reported. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President François Hollande within two weeks.

Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, who in the past has criticized Amazon's free deliveries and tax arrangements, said the bill demonstrated "the nation's deep attachment to books."

She has also attacked Amazon's discounts, which by French law are held to 5%, saying, "Once they are in a dominant position and will have crushed our network of bookshops, they will bring prices back up."

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