Gallimard to cut length of Salon du Livre

The new French Publishers Association president Antoine Gallimard has promised a less costly and shorter Paris Book Fair starting next March.<br /><br />The Salon du Livre has been contested by some publishers for some time, and Hachette Livre and several others either reduced their presence or were absent from this year&rsquo;s event.<br /><br />Speaking in an exclusive interview with the French weekly <em>Livres Hebdo</em>, Gallimard, who is the chief executive of the eponymous publisher, said he was against the idea of taking the fair back to&nbsp; <br />the Grand Palais in central Paris from the Porte de Versailles on the outskirts of the capital, because it would be &quot;expensive and elitist&quot;.<br /><br />His two priorities for his two-year term at the head of the Syndicat National de l&rsquo;Edition (SNE) are to push through legislation to extend the Lang Law on fixed print books to electronic versions and to create a joint publisher-author royalties collection agency.<br /><br />He hopes to enlist the support of the Education Ministry to create a&nbsp; day for books and reading in schools, and confirmed that Editions Gallimard, Flammarion and Albin Michel would lodge a complaint against Google during the summer.<br /><br />A court ruling is expected in the autumn on Google&rsquo;s appeal in the case brought by La Martin&egrave;re, backed by the SNE and the French Authors Society (Soci&eacute;t&eacute; des Gens de Lettres).<br /><br />The book sector is now &quot;at a critical point,&quot; Gallimard said. Fears about the impact of digitisation, high print book output and numerous returns risk &quot;a rather crazy spiral that could lead to an implosion&quot;.<br />