France considers protecting small shops from e-book invasion

09/24/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Independent bookstores across much of Europe are protected by laws that prohibit significant discounting of books. France does not allow stores to sell books for less than 95% of the cover price, but the 1981 law does not cover e-books. Lawmakers in France are considering how to protect small booksellers from Amazon.com, Apple and other large Internet retailers.

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