Libraries and bookshops: sequences and consequences

Relations between libraries and independent bookstores in France are governed by public tendering legislation, all too often seen as a hindrance to cooperation. While the complexity of administrative dossiers and fear of unlawful favouritism act as powerful brakes, the legislation of 2006 (the “allotment” principle, the possibility of group tendering) and the law on public lending rights (the limitation of discounts granted public bodies) have nevertheless revived inter-professional reflection on the values of book distribution, and brought about new relations. Accompanied by two interviews with French booksellers.