Thu, 05/05/2011 - 09:14
France is bracing for battle with the European Commission with its parliament on the verge of adopting a bill allowing publishers to fix prices for all e-books sold in France.
The bill, which was approved unanimously by an all-party committee from both houses of parliament on Tuesday, said retailers inside or outside France must...
Wed, 20/04/2011 - 07:22
Editis has sold its Brussels-based educational, scientific and academic publishing subsidiary Groupe De Boeck to Ergon Capital Partners III SA for an undisclosed sum. The sale will enable France’s second largest publisher "in the digital era" to concentrate on its core business of literature, education, reference books...
Tue, 29/03/2011 - 15:29
French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand has called for the European Union to regulate e-book prices as soon as possible, and to introduce a reduced rate of VAT on all cultural goods and services, whether they are sold online or through bricks and mortar outlets.
Mitterrand, who is in Budapest attending an informal...
Tue, 29/03/2011 - 08:20
The French internet portal for independent booksellers, 1011libraires.com, will finally be launched on 4th April after several months of delay due to technical difficulties.
Initially, 300 outlets will be hooked up to the site to sell up to 300,000 physical and electronic books. The aim is to increase the number of booksellers taking...
Tue, 22/03/2011 - 16:45
Hachette Livre and the French National Library (BnF) have signed a print-on-demand agreement for the publisher to sell through bookshops out-of-copyright works from the BnF’s online library Gallica.
An initial 15,000 titles have been selected from the 200,000 in Gallica’s catalogue and will be sold from next September....
Fri, 18/03/2011 - 11:32
French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand has said that he would not intervene in the dispute between publishers and authors over electronic rights for the moment. Mitterrand also hit out at the recent European Commission raids into French publishers, which he described as "out of proportion".
Thu, 17/03/2011 - 06:39
French authors have urged culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand to intecede in order to break the deadlock in their negotiations with publishers over electronic rights. For the second year running, the Permanent Council of Writers (Conseil Permanent des Ecrivains, CPE) and the French Publishers Association (Syndicat...
Wed, 16/03/2011 - 13:30
French authors are increasingly satisfied with their publishers, according to the third annual survey conducted by the Civil Society for Multimedia Authors (Scam).
The latest results show that 71% of respondents are satisfied, up from 69% in 2010 and 64% in 2009. But payment of royalties remains a problem, as only 49% of publishers...
Wed, 16/03/2011 - 09:03
The new-look Paris Book Fair will open on Friday [18th March] for four days as five of the leading French publishers ponder the raids by the European Commission competition officials a fortnight ago.
Hachette Livre, Bayard and other houses, which pulled out of the fair last year or scaled back their presence in protest against the...
Tue, 15/03/2011 - 09:23
French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand has urged French publishers to speak with one voice in forthcoming negotiations with Amazon over supplying their e-books for the Kindle.
During a visit to Silicon Valley, where he met senior managers of Amazon, Apple and Google, Mitterrand told reporters that if publishers go...