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French book sales up in 2015 after five-year slump

French publishers have reported an increase in book sales in 2015—up 0.6% in value to €2.267bn (A$3.353bn) and 3.5% in volume to 436.7m—after five consecutive years of decline, reports the Bookseller. Ebook sales accounted for €164m in sales last year, while translation rights rose 2.3%. The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition) president Vincent Montagne said the ‘recovery is good news for [French] publishing, but we must not lower our guard’, listing the ‘mirages’ of digital and free access and attacks against copyright in Europe as some of the challenges. The president of the association’s educational publishers committee Sylvie Marcé said new textbooks for France’s redeveloped secondary education curriculum are helping to boost production in some publishing houses.


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