Should The U.S. Adopt An 'Anti-Amazon' Law?
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The novelist Pamela Druckerman wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about France's so-called "Anti-Amazon law," which bans online booksellers from offering free shipping on discounted books. The law, which French Parliament passed unanimously, is designed to help independent book stores survive. The U.S. doesn't have a similar law — but should it? Dougal Thomson, Director of Communications and Programmes for the International Publishers Association, discusses the pros and cons of fixed book price systems from his recent global report for his organization — and whether America should consider books special, as so many other countries do.