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