UPDATE: PQ wants to limit discounts on new books

Quebec's culture minister Maka Kotto has announced his government's intention to introduce legislation to limit discounts on the prices of new books to 10 per cent of the publisher's price, for the first nine months the book is on sale.

The idea is to give smaller, independent bookstores a fighting chance against larger book retailers, online retailers and ebooks.

The limits would apply to both paper and non-paper books alike.

Kotto says the new legislation would "ensure a diversified access to books, and to provide markets for Quebec authors in all regions."

The law is being welcomed by Francis Farley-Chevrier, the executive director of the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois.

"By regulating book prices, [the law] will level the playing field for all retailers," he says.

The law applies to all books sold in Quebec, whether in stores, online or in ebook format

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  1. George73 posted on 12/02/2013 03:43 PM
    PQ needs to stop trying to make Quebec a distinct economic society. All this will achieve is limit the selection of books available in-store to Quebeckers to those that are guaranteed to sell without any discounts.

    Good luck to them in trying to regulate prices charged on the internet for e-books.

    I'm a citizen of Canada and not convinced that I should pay more for anything to be considered a true Quebecker.

    Mr. Kotto is truly a minister without any economicaly relevant portfolio. Prehaps he should consult with the economics teachers Marceau. But maybe that would be the blind leading the blind?
  2. Fred posted on 12/02/2013 03:56 PM
    Get out of or lives,,,,your party has done enought damage here in Quebec,,,,,,
  3. Jim posted on 12/02/2013 05:01 PM
    This is ludicrous! With Quebec having one of the highest illiteracy rates in the western world, not to mention the drop-out rate in high school, you would think that the PQ government would do everything in their power to eliminate all boundaries to reading of any form. It is bad enough that it costs Francophones at least twice the cost to buy a book that has been translated to French. Now they are willing to limit discounts that might make it feasible to buy books if you are in the lower to middle class. It is not just the reading limitation to kids that we should be worried about, but rather the cultural impact of discouraging adults (parents and acquaintances of said children, etc) from reading that discourages any positive modelling of reading as a worth-while activity. the government cannot refrain from trying to control everything when it is both unnecessary and potentially damaging to do so.
  4. bruce posted on 12/02/2013 05:55 PM
    Ok let's see they will put the 10% limit on discounts.
    This will simply push people to buy online OUTSIDE of Quebec dumb asses!
    It won't level the playing field it will destroy it.
  5. Antal Deutsch posted on 12/02/2013 06:06 PM
    it is astonishing that a government unable to cope with its basic responsibilities such as health care, education and roads, finds time and energy to divert attention to silly trivia
  6. albert nardella posted on 12/02/2013 06:32 PM
    Mr.Kotto and the PQ should stay out of the retail business . Only 11% of all books are sold in box stores. Why should 89% of the of the people be penalized,to support these stores....It's up to the Union des ecrivaines et ecrivains quebecois,to get together to have a better buying power and compete with the box stores...What next ...is the PQ going to control the prices of hair cuts ?
  7. Al posted on 12/02/2013 07:28 PM
    France passed a charter of values years ago. Now that they're in "power", the PQ feels the need to do the same. France just also (last month) passed a law that regulates discounting of books. Can these PQ guys not think of an ORIGINAL idea? Better yet, if you think the French laws are so great, why don't YOU move there?
  8. JoeN posted on 12/02/2013 08:11 PM
    Here we go again, wrong priorities. Instead of regulating what we should pay for books, milk, gas, hydro, etc, let the market dictate pricing like it's done in the rest of the normal world. What will it take the Wizard of Quebec to see that enough damage and ridicule has been inflicted on the people of this PROVINCE.
  9. Andrea posted on 12/02/2013 08:48 PM
    i predict more cross border shopping lol whether ontario or the usa...
  10. maria posted on 12/03/2013 11:05 AM
    What kind of idiots are they, do they not realize that the price we pay for books compared to the U.S. price is so over inflated as it is. They really have not done any homework on this matter, what they should be doing is reducing the price of books across the board to be in line with the states. All this is going to do is make people buy their books on line or cross-border shopping. They really know how to kill the quebec economy. Bravo P.Q. -
    Oops you did it again.!!!
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