Switzerland Debates Details of Reinstated Fixed Price Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

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Switzerland’s Council of States will be meeting on March 2nd to discuss the upcoming reinstatement of the country’s fixed book price law.

According to buchreport, the law could be adopted as early as March 19th and the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verlegerverband (SBVV – Swiss Booksellers and Publishers Association) sees only a couple of drawbacks in the draft currently under consideration. For one thing, the National Council of Switzerland has spoken out in favor of the  SBVV-supported plan allowing for book price increases of up to 20% over the price of a given book in its country of origin, but debates have arisen about who should have authority over price adjustments.

Perhaps even more contentious is the question of whether online book retailers should be answerable to the fixed book price law. The National Council has battled to exclude them from the law but the SBVV has spoken out vehemently against this idea.

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.