While the lockdown forced booksellers to close, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, and Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, announce the establishment of a mechanism to help booksellers to continue their activity through online sales.

From 5 November, the State will bear the costs of sending books during the confinement period.

This device will allow booksellers to charge their customers only the shipping costs at the legal minimum rate, that is €0.01.

Booksellers will be able to file with the Agency of Services and Payment (ASP) a refund request, accompanied by invoices justifying the costs of shipping orders taken from 5 November to obtain the support of the State. Independent bookshops will be eligible, that is to say companies meeting the criteria of size TPE and SMEs and whose main activity is the sale of new books.

 In order to reduce the cash advance of booksellers, and to reduce local delivery times at D+1, La Poste is implementing a discount on its "Proxicourses Librairies" offer. It will be available at a price of 2 euros instead of 4.5 euros. It will be eligible for the above shipping charges.

As a reminder, sales made in withdrawal of orders (clicked & withdrawn) by businesses closed administratively will not be taken into account in the calculation of aid under the solidarity fund.

Bruno Le Maire said: The Government is fully mobilized to support local businesses affected by the crisis. This new device will allow independent booksellers to develop their remote sales activity without any difference in delivery cost with major digital platforms. I welcome the initiative of La Poste, which contributes to this effort of solidarity.”

For Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin: It is essential that the sale of books continues. By covering shipping costs, the State is once again standing by the bookstores, restoring fair competition and promoting their distance sales.”