Paris (EFE).- France plans to force Amazon and other platforms to impose a minimum shipping cost of three euros on book purchases, a measure aimed at protecting traditional bookstores and favoring grouping of orders as an ecological gesture.

The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Culture announced this Friday that they will follow the recommendation of the Electronic Communications, Post and Press Regulation Authority to establish a minimum rate of sending costs for orders up to 35. euros.

The provision complements a law approved in 2021 that prevents companies from giving away book shipping costs to balance the publishing industry’s competition in the digital age against the power of online giants like Amazon and brick-and-mortar bookstores.

Sign in to the Amazon Books store. EFE/EPA/John G. Mabanglo/Archive

After consultation with the sector, for purchases under €35, the minimum cost of online book sales, inclusive of tax, will be at least three euros, without affecting store pick-up orders.

This measure mainly concerns giants such as Amazon, who are able to bill for a home delivery service, for example, in euro cents, as before.

France will notify the European Commission of this provision and, if it receives approval from Brussels, the minimum rate will enter into force six months after its publication in the Official Journal.

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