The International Alliance of Independent Publishers has announced that Markus Gerlach's work on protecting the book, published in the Reports on the publishing world collection has been released in Italian under the title "Proteggere il libro." It is available through the Italian Federation of Independent Publishers (FIDARE), which translated and published this edition.
"Why did the large majority of European countries choose to protect the book, setting its price through trade agreements or legal measures? How were these protection mechanisms, which make the book into a cultural exception tolerated by the European Commission, gradually implemented? Markus Gerlach offers a broad analysis of price-fixing for books in Europe : he begins by relating the background of this measure and then analyzes the economic effects. In the end he shows the extent to which price-fixing for books, apart from its cultural and economic importance, also assumes an eminently political dimension."
This book is already available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.