French-speaking Belgium steps closer to fixed book prices

French-speaking Belgium steps closer to fixed book prices

The government of French-speaking Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels) has adopted a draft decree permitting publishers to fix book retail prices after a fourth and final reading.

“Book professionals have been waiting for this for 30 years,” commented vice president and culture minister Alda Greoli. When implemented, the rule will help to bolster publishing diversity and permit booksellers to “finally play their role fully in advising (customers), stocking a variety of titles and organizing events,” the ministry said in a statement.

The draft stipulates that the prices of imported French-langu...

This is subscriber-only content

Not a subscriber? Get unrestricted access to all the news, charts, previews, data & analysis by subscribing from as little as £3 per week.

Why Subscribe?

Every issue of The Bookseller magazine

Unlimited access to (single user)

The Bookseller e-edition app for tablet and mobile

Subscriber-only newsletters

Twice yearly Buyer's Guides worth £50

Discounts on The Bookseller Awards and Conferences

Click here to subscribe now