Vive la Différence!

Let’s celebrate red, white and blue support for books! No…not our red, white and blue….I’m talking about France.

Small book stores are thriving in that country. And in the July 10 issue of the New York Times, Pamela Druckerman provides a fascinating insight into the “why” of that equation. Their secret? Price fixing.

Before your get your capitalist hackles up, consider this quote from Vincent Montagne, head of the French Publishers Association: “The French government classifies books as an “essential good,” along with electricity, bread and water.”

Now…take a moment and read Druckerman’s article.

And let me know what you think.

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