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Arts & Culture: August 2013 Archives

Renaud-Bray believes regulated book prices would change very little for the French market

Books, via National Assembly is hosting another day of public hearings today on regulating the price of books in the province. Yesterday you may have heard my conversation with David Homel, from the Quebec Writers' Federation. He presented a brief yesterday in favour of regulating book prices. Quebec authors and independent bookstore owners want to limit the discount that big surfaces can offer on new releases, in order to level the playing field in the industry.

Also presenting a brief yesterday was Blaise Renaud, président of Renaud-Bray book stores. His company is against the idea of regulating book prices, and instead thinks it's time to review existing laws in the booking industry.

Host Ainslie MacLellan spoke to Blaise Renaud this morning.

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Small bookstore owners teaming up to fight big box and online retailers

Many Quebec writers, authors, editors and bookstore owners are headed to the National Assembly this week. They are trying to fight back against big box and online retailers. The different writers groups will be presenting arguments for and against regulating the price of books in Quebec. The proposed law would prevent retailers in Quebec from offering more than a 10 % discount for the first nine months of a book's initial run.
One of the people who will be presenting a brief at the National Assembly in favour of regulating book prices is David Homel. He is a writer, journalist, filmmaker, and translator. He is also the president of the Quebec Writers' Federation. David Homel joined us on the show this morning.

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