Bookseller Sues Amazon for Thwarting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

Buchhandlung Schopf, a small bookstore in the town of Brunsbüttel in northern Germany, was fed up with customers strolling in brandishing printouts from touting cheaper prices and took Amazon to court, alleging the online retailer is ignoring Germany’s fixed book price laws. The bookstore’s owner, Dietrich Wienecke, began sending warnings to Amazon as far back as 2006.

According to Buchreport, a proposed compromise was brokered calling for to synchronize its prices with that of German book wholesalers Libri and KNV, databases are the source of pricing information for at least 80% of owner-managed bookstores in Germany. The Libri and KNV databases have considerably fewer price irregularities in their data than and, according to the compromise, would at least ensure that price errors be implemented consistently. rejected the proposal and the case will be tried in a Hamburg district court this January.

About the Author

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.