French Books USA: Week in Review

March 6, 2015 | By Kyra Sturgill
A graphic from the Syndicat national de l'édition's media campaign in response to raising the tax on e-books

France Must Raise E-Book Tax Rate
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on March 5th that France can no longer apply the same reduced tax rate to e-books that printed books benefit from, claiming that such a reduction for e-books is in violation of European regulations. The European Commission designates electronic books as a service, whereas French authorities see all books, regardless of the platform, as necessary goods. In response to ruling, the Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) has launched a campaign via social media, declaring that “a book is a book,” whether printed or digital. Fleur Pellerin, France's Minister of Culture and Communication, stated that the French government will call on the European Commission to modify this legislation as it threatens to create serious obstacles in the developing e-book market.

35th Salon du Livre to Recall the Values of Literature and Freedom of Expression
Syndicat de l’édition (SNE) and Reed Expositions, organizers of the Salon du Livre, shared details on themes and programming for the upcoming Paris book expo at a press conference this week.  Taking place March 20th through the 23rd, the event will welcome authors and editors from over 40 countries, including 48 authors from Brazil, this year’s featured country at the Salon. A central theme to be touched on through discussion and debate will be the question of “the right of the author.” SNE director Christine de Mazières emphasized that the event is an occasion to present the fundamental principles of literature, notably through the organization of discussions on the freedom of expression.

Bookstore Le Furet du nord of Lille to Host Unique Event in Honor of the Detective Novel
In collaboration with publishing houses Fleuve Editions, Pocket, 10/18, and Univers Poche, the Lille bookstore Le Furet du nord will host what they are calling “Missing Party” on Friday, March 13. Customers are invited to come sporting their best detective costumes as they embark on the search for the store’s director, Christophe Delhommeau, who mysteriously goes missing. Several authors will be present, each playing a different role as they act out the mystery and provide the 200 registered sleuths with clues as they hunt for the missing director. The winning team will be awarded with books by the participating authors. 


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