On August 10, 1981, France passed a law limiting competition on book prices in order to “protect the bookselling trade, support creative diversity, and encourage more people to read.” In 2009 Hervé Gaymard, a former minister and member of France’s National Assembly for Savoie, tabled a report entitled Pour le livre. Rapport sur l'économie du livre et son avenir (In favor of books. A report on the book economy and its future). A revised version aimed at the general public has now been published. To mark the occasion, the author presented his work to France’s minister of culture and communication, Frédéric Mitterand, on September 30, 2009.
“A broad consultation of industry professionals in France and 24 other countries highlighted the benefits of the legislation,” reports the ministry website. “At the end of their investigation, the author and his collaborators also put forward a series of measures to inject fresh life into book policies in France ...
“Conseil du livre [a book council] was formed on June 30, 2008. Among other things, its 24 members have debated further action to be taken on various contentious decisions and parliamentary initiatives in an attempt to challenge the book pricing act passed on August 10, 1981. This inspired the Ministry of Culture and Communication to appoint Hervé Gaymard head of a task force looking into the effectiveness of the Act, which remains a key factor in industry regulation and the book trade.”
Pour le livre. Rapport sur l'économie du livre et son avenir is published by Éditions Gallimard/La documentation française.