Mon, 15/04/2013 - 06:30
The announcement last week that Chapitre.com will close nine of its 57 bookshops across France is just the latest in a string of bad news to hit cultural products retailers in French high streets.
Jörg Hagen, chairman of parent company Actissia, formerly DirectGroup France, said 271 staff out of...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:10
Europe and the rest of the world may trail the United States in the size of their e-book markets, but they will be able to develop rapidly by partially leapfrogging dedicated reading devices and going straight to tablets and large-screen smartphones, according to Bill McCoy, executive director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 09:50
French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has unveiled part of the government’s plan to shore up independent booksellers, despite earlier fears that she would be unable to commit any money because of France’s huge budget deficit.
She announced that a fund of €5m would be created for loans to booksellers with...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 09:55
The number of French people who have read an e-book has tripled to 15% from 5% a year ago, according to the third biannual barometer on e-book use in France.
The findings, published last Friday ahead of Salon du Livre, revealed that the number of respondents not intending to read a digital book has fallen to 75% from 90% over the...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 11:00
Just 4% of French authors have signed digital contracts for their most recent books and a third say relations with publishers have deteriorated over the past five years, yet advances are marginally on the rise.
Those were some of the highlights of the fifth annual survey of over 1,000 French authors, compiled by the French multimedia...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 09:00
Just three days before the Paris Book Fair opens on Friday (22nd March), French President François Hollande has thrown his weight behind the book industry.
Hosting a reception at the Élysée Palace last night (19th March), he called for the awaited plan to shore up independent booksellers to be adopted...
Wed, 06/03/2013 - 09:31
French publishers and authors have finally reached an agreement on electronic rights, France's culture ministry announced this morning (6th March).
The details will be unveiled on 21st March when the agreement will be signed. Initially, a pact was supposed to be finalized in time for the Paris Book Fair in March 2011, but the...
Mon, 25/02/2013 - 07:30
The French government and publishers association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) are standing by their position to maintain a reduced VAT rate on unenriched e-books, even though the European Commission has said it will refer France and Luxembourg...
Tue, 19/02/2013 - 08:30
Fnac, the leading French cultural products chain and the country's biggest seller of books, remained in the black in 2012, despite a downturn in the French retail sector.
The chain reported an operating profit of €79m (£68m) for the full year to the end of 2012, although this was down 22.7% from 2011. Revenue in all its...
Thu, 14/02/2013 - 13:32
French books website Actualitté.com has acquired the children’s and young adults’ book news website LesHistoiresSansFin.com.
The name LesHistoiresSansFin refers to the 1979 fantasy novel Neverending Story by Michael Ende, which was first translated into English by Ralph Manheim in 1983 and was...