France Considers A Tax On Amazon To Protect Indie Bookstores
The French Ministry of Culture is proposing a tax on digital stores like Amazon, with plans to pass the money along to smaller, struggling companies, like indie bookstores.
It's election time in France, so this could very well be pandering. But if it were to pass, it would be an interesting battle to watch. No way is Amazon going to acquiesce; the company already torqued off French lawmakers when it tried to avoid compliance with the Lang Law, which prevents booksellers from selling a book for more than a 5 percent discount on the publisher's price.
And then there's the matter of Amazon's legal gymnastics here in the United States, to avoid charging customers sales tax.
What do you think, folks? Is this a fair measure, or a punitive tax?
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