The Knesset has this month voted to abolish Israel’s trial fixed book price law from 1 September 2016, something the Israeli Publishers Association describes as a populist move that will undermine the independence of publishers in the country.

Publishers, booksellers, authors and researchers from 15 countries met in Oslo on 5-6 March 2015 to explore national experiences with fixed book price systems. A summary paper presents the main talking points and conclusions.

Book fairs are publishing's vital stimulant. They help publishers, agents, distributors and retailers do business, they attract media and public attention, and provide platforms for authors and innovators. Our latest special report explores how book fairs are evolving to suit the digital age.

In a bid to bolster the province's book industry, Quebec's Minister of Culture has proposed to table a bill for a fixed book price (FBP) law. While many countries have adopted similar measures (notably France, which introduced a fixed book price in 1981) some view the notion of fixing book prices, rather than allowing them to be dictated by consumer demand, as anti-competitive and likely to do more harm than good.

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