French government pledges further $11.8 million dollars to support independent booksellers

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French government pledges further $11.8 million dollars to support independent booksellers

Jun 05 2013

Aurélie Filippetti, the French culture minister, is "mulling a ban on free postage offers and a current system allowing 5% discounts on books". She has also announced a €9 million (about $11.8 million) joint plan with French publishers to support independent booksellers, which is in addition to an earlier €9 pledged in March. She called the new initiative "an unprecedented effort in favor of the book and reading because without independent bookshops there will be fewer publishers and authors, less choice for the reader and fewer social networks in towns."

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