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France Imposes eBook Price Controls

France has legislation in the works that would put price controls on eBooks, similar to the controls already in effect in the country for print books.

The San Francisco Chronicle has more: “Yesterday a French parliamentary committee voted unanimously (!) to impose a unique price on eBooks sold in France, even if they’re sold from outside France. This is consistent with earlier regulation, which mandates a single price for dead tree books.”

eBook penetration in France is growing, according to a study that came out earlier this week. The GfK Group polled a thousand French internet users about how they read content, and found that 14% read eBooks. Unfortunately piracy is big in France. According to the study, 39% of those surveyed use online eBookstores, 34% use apps and  29% admitted to being a pirate. Rigid eBook pricing might not help.

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