The closure of bookstores and dedicated supermarket shelves has given Amazon the book market on a silver platter.
Anne Hidalgo and Roselyne Bachelot tried, each on their own, to stem this wave of purchases from the digital giant.
On Monday, the mayor of Paris called on readers to support their bookseller by launching: “
Don't buy on Amazon
I really say this to Parisians: don't buy on Amazon.
Amazon is the death of our bookstores and our neighborhood life
, ”the city councilor told the press.
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Anne Hidalgo came to support, with the writer Sylvain Tesson, an initiative of booksellers called "Rekindle the fires of our bookstores" to call for the reopening of this business which must remain closed due to restrictions on the sale of "
Buy from your bookstore: you can order and pick up your book.
Parisians really consider their bookstore as a local, essential store.
I'm here to support this idea, of course calling for bookstores to reopen as quickly as possible,
Invited in "
The political interview
" on LCI, the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot also went there with her recommendation by encouraging the French not to go "
to digital platforms.
We must also adapt to this new digital civilization and this is the meaning I wanted in the recovery plan of 400 million euros to adapt the cultural world to this new digital situation.
Amazon and digital platforms are stuffing themselves, but it's up to us not to stuff them.
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For this, the Minister of Culture explained her new measures to help traders and the sale of books.
Sales by“ click and collect ”or sales by mailing will not be counted, these mailings will not be counted towards receiving aid.
It's a full bonus
”reveals Roselyne Bachelot.
What happens in the culture, the sale of books, is a real heartbreak,
according to her
Equity had to be restored between independent booksellers and supermarkets, but above all, it must be said that the sale of books continues.
She continues in bookstores and independent bookstores.
After a difficult first confinement, the rivalry between bookstores and digital platforms takes on a new dimension.