FP: Well, it’s difficult to say. I think there are
many changes coming, with more young publishers, and new
publishing houses. And yes, we see a lot of dynamism with
new trends. But in France, as everywhere in the world, the
book industry is not expanding a lot. It’s a mature industry.
So we can’t expect a revolution. But a renewal? Certainly. ■
there will probably be some discussions
about fixed price and about copyrights,
author rights, etc. Especially in the digital
world, and on the problems publishers face
with Google, with Amazon, and so on.
[France and Germany] often fight together
in the European Union, and there is strong
cooperation between the two countries.
That’s important, I think.
“France is well
known for its
there is a French
two years ago.”
are also what we call bandes dessineés
[graphic novels] which represent one of the
three most important [such markets] in the
world beside the American and the Japanese
markets. So France has a lot to show, and
French publishers expect to show what they
are doing now, and what they have changed
in the past years.
There are also a lot of exchanges of rights.
German is the third most translated
language in France after English and
Japanese (because of Manga, mainly). Also,
Germany is among the [top five] countries
buying rights from France. I think French
publishers will want to develop their sales
this year, which I think they will do. Many
authors are already going to Germany, and there are many
meetings organised that will probably help to develop
French literature in Germany.
– Fabrice Piault
CK: It sounds like the dynamism and the
revolutionary tendencies of the last election
are being reflected in the French publishing
business. Do you think that we’re going to
see some revolutionary changes in French
publishing, in the same way that we’ve seen
such changes on the political scene?
In addition, I think it’s an opportunity for France to show
that its publishing industry has changed. I talked about the
development of French popular literature, but there is also a
renewal of the human sciences. Children’s publishing is very,
very dynamic, and it’s well-known for its innovation. There
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