Paris is known and loved for its independent bookstores full of rare, dog-eared novels and cozy nooks ripe for l’amour. But how have so many of them survived while their U.S. equivalents crumble under the ubiquity of Amazon and big box bookstores?
Eleanor Beardsley, reporting for All Things Considered, says French law may be responsible: Book discounts of more than 5 percent are illegal and a new bill, pending Senate approval, would prevent Amazon from offering both a discount and free shipping.
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