Government takes advice from Council of Culture on the fixed book law

Raad voor Cultuur - Council for Culture,
06 February 2015, Netherlands

The fixed book industry Law will remain; the fixed book Law will be re-evaluated over a period of four years, the government has decided today, after following the advice of the Council for Culture in 2014. 

The Law on the fixed book industry is a means to include less-selling titles in the new releases. Taking a margin from the profit on popular books, it allows booksellers to stock less popular titles, such as books on poetry or by new authors; and publishers can take more risk in publishing sensitive genres. The next four years must demonstrate to the industry minister Bussemakerhuis (OCW) that the law actually stimulates the supply of less popular titles.