Mon, 02/06/2008 - 08:17
Employees of France's second largest publisher Editis are threatening to go on strike unless parent company Wendel shares some of the profits from the sale of the business to Spanish group Planeta.
The staff of Editis won a first round in their demand for a share of the capital gain from the company's sale, but will call for a...
Wed, 28/05/2008 - 06:58
The French Publishers Association is lobbying France Television, the equivalent of the BBC, and the government to create a mass audience talk-show that would feature selected books.
The show would be modelled on Richard and Judy in the UK and Oprah Winfrey in the US, with the aim of promoting books more effectively than the nine to 13 TV...
Tue, 27/05/2008 - 10:29
The French single book price could be under threat from last minute pressure to amend an economic reform bill that is now on its way through the country's parliament. Two centre-right parliamentarians each lodged an amendment to the bill aimed at reducing the length of time before discounts are allowed from two years to six months.
Mon, 19/05/2008 - 14:52
The internet increased its share of book sales in France to 6.1% year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, compared to 4.6% of the €4.1bn book market in 2007, 3.5% in 2006 and 3.0% in 2005, according to figures prepared by market research firm GfK for the French E-Commerce and Distance Sales Federation (Fevad).
Wed, 14/05/2008 - 06:59
The French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF) has lost part of a round in its legal battle to stop online retailers from offering free book deliveries. The supreme court ruled last week that free deliveries with no minimum order offered by France Télécom subsidiary Alapage did not contravene...
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 06:03
Hachette Livre is to acquire French digital book distributor Numilog. The move is designed to prepare Hachette Livre for the launch in France of the Sony digital e-book at the end of this year.
Hachette said that it would enable it to distribute books published by its own imprints as well as by third-party publishers in a variety of...
Tue, 06/05/2008 - 15:43
The Mexican Senate or upper house of parliament has voted by a massive majority to introduce fixed book prices. The law was adopted by the Senate on 29th April by 107 votes in favour, two against and five abstentions, according to the French weekly Livres Hebdo.
It is the second time in recent years that the Mexican parliament...
Tue, 06/05/2008 - 10:54
The €2bn (£1.57bn) book publishing giant created by the merger of Spain's Planeta and France's Editis will attempt to break into the English--language market once the takeover has been digested.
In a ranking of global publishers, the deal will take the combined group to just outside the top five, competing for sixth position...
Tue, 22/04/2008 - 15:01
The merger of French publishing business Editis and the Spanish media group Planeta will create one of the largest publishing businesses in Europe with book sales of about €2bn and ambitions to grow globally.
The announcement that Wendel was entering into exclusive talks with Planeta to sell France's second largest publisher...
Mon, 21/04/2008 - 07:34
The French cultural products chain of cultural product FNAC has opened three new stores outside France this month. The group, which has tripled its number of outlets abroad in the past five years, opened stores in Basel, its first in German-speaking Switzerland, at Viseu, its 13th in Portugal, and in Glysada, its second in Greece.