French publishers' outrage over KDP teacher workshops

French publishers' outrage over KDP teacher workshops

French publishers and booksellers are up in arms over an agreement with the Education Ministry’s multimedia arm for Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to hold workshops in France to promote self-publishing by teachers and others in the education community.

The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) greeted last week’s announcement by the ministry’s Réseau Canopé and Amazon with “stupefaction, incomprehension and numerous questions” about a shift in government policy away from open public format, copyright and digital education.

The initiative comes as pub...

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