Paris (EFE).- France is considering forcing Amazon and other platforms to introduce a minimum of three euros for postage in book purchases, a measure that aims to protect traditional bookstores and encourage consolidation orders as an ecological gesture.

The Ministries of Economy and Finance and Culture announced on Friday that they were going to follow the recommendation of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Posts and Press Distribution to establish this minimum rate taking into account shipping costs for orders up to 35 euros.

The provision complements a law approved in 2021 that prevents companies from donating book shipping fees to balance the publishing industry’s competition in the digital age against the power of online giants like Amazon against traditional bookstores.

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After consultation with the sector, the sale of books online will be subject to a minimum cost of at least three euros including tax for any purchase of less than 35 euros, without affecting in-store collection vouchers.

This measure will mainly affect giants like Amazon, which is able to charge the home delivery service for amounts like the euro cent, as it has been doing until now.

France will notify this provision to the European Commission and, once it has obtained the green light from Brussels, the minimum rate will come into force six months after its publication in the Official Journal.

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