Explosive report slams Germany's fixed book prices

Explosive report slams Germany's fixed book prices

Fixed book prices are the “sacred cow” of the German book industry. Anything threatening the law that secures retail price maintenance (r.p.m.) for books, both printed and (since 2016) e-books, has booksellers and publishers up in arms. Therefore it comes as no surprise that a critical report published by the Monopolies Commission (Monopolkommission) and demanding the abolishing of the r.p.m. is creating a stir.

The Monopolies Commission is an advisory council that assists the German government and parliament in any matters concerning competition policy and is known for its strong dislike ...

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