PARIS (EFE) .- France plans to force Amazon and other platforms to establish a minimum of three euros for shipping costs in book purchases, a measure that seeks to protect traditional bookstores and favor the grouping of orders as an ecological gesture.
The Ministries of Economy and Finance and Culture announced this Friday that they are going to follow the recommendation of the Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communication, Post Office and Press Distribution to establish that minimum rate on account of shipping costs for orders of up to 35 euros.
The provision completes a law approved in 2021 that prevents companies from giving away book shipping costs to balance the competition of the publishing sector in the digital age against the power of online giants such as Amazon against traditional bookstores.
After consultations with the sector, the sale of books online will be subject to a minimum cost of at least three euros, taxes included, for any purchase of less than 35 euros, without affecting store withdrawal orders.
This measure will mainly affect giants such as Amazon, capable of billing the home delivery service for amounts such as a cent of a euro, as it has been doing until now.
France will notify the European Commission of this provision and, once it obtains the go-ahead from Brussels, the minimum rate will enter into force six months after its publication in the official gazette.