Archive for June 25th, 2012

The French and their books

- June 25th, 2012

Interesting blog item in The Guardian about how e-books have not caught on in France.

The other thing that surprised me is that France regulates the prices of books and doesn’t allow for discounting. What you pay for a book in a shop is what you pay for an e-edition of the same book.

I’m amazed at the steps the French and the British have taken to protect their book industries. I’m not saying I’m against it, but I’m surprised. I don’t know if there is the same wringing of hands in North America over e-books versus paper books. Sure, people in the business of operating book stores are worried, but that’s a given. But I don’t think you’ll see the Canadian government stepping in anytime soon to help the book industry.