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Contrary to figures we constantly read in the press about the demise of book shops and the rise of eBooks, the book in France is alive and well!

Reporting that France has 2,500 book shops, Elaine Sciolino of the New York Times also reports that book sales from 2003-2011 increased by 6.5%.   Propping up the French publishing industry, she reports, are state laws to protect the book.  Passed back in 1981, the “Lang Law” (so named for the then Culture Minister Jack Lang) fixed prices for French-language books preventing the discounting of books by more than 5%.

Book publishers the world over are probably quite envious.  Perhaps there needs to be moves by other countires to further explore French Government initiatives so as to ensure the future of the book industry.

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