In order to better appreciate the situation of the authors of the book (writers, translators, illustrators, screenwriters and cartoonists/BD colorists, ...), today shaken by the development of the digital economy, the Ministry of Culture and Communication has designed and implemented a study device of unprecedented scope.

This system, coordinated by the DGIMIC, comprises five surveys and statistical operations:

  • three national statistical surveys or operations were carried out by the departments of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the National Book Centre (CNL);
  • two other surveys by regional structures for books (MOTif, Observatoire du livre et de l'écrit en Île-de-France, and Fédération interrégionale pour le livre et la Lecture) associated with the scheme.

The reports

The synthesis report

Couverture du rapport de synthèse de l'étude sur la situation économique des auteurs du livre

The full synthesis report (3 MB)

Couverture du résumé du rapport de synthèse de l'étude sur la situation économiques des auteurs du livre

Summary of the synthesis report (1.9 MB)

Reports of investigations

National quantitative surveys of authors' activity and income

  • Inquiry Prepaid
Couverture de l'enquête sur les auteurs précomptés assujettis à l'AGESSA

Survey of the Activity and Income of Chargeable Authors of Agessa (People Vox for MCC/DGMIC-DGCA)

  • Affiliate Survey

 (People Vox for CNL/CPE) (on the National Book Centre website)

  • Longitudinal exploitation of the base Affiliates Agessa 1979-2013 (MCC/DEPS)
couverture du fascicule Culture Chiffres sur les auteurs du livre affiliés à l'AGESSA

Authors of the book affiliated with Agessa between 1979 and 2013, Gwendoline Volat (on the DEPS website)

The annexes words of authors

Complete corpus of responses of the authors of the book to the open questions of the Deposit and Affiliate investigations.

Author’s Statement Appendix (1): Survey Advance Payments

Author’s Statement Appendix (2): Affiliate Survey

Associated Regional Surveys

  • Qualitative Writer Recognition Survey (MOTif)
Couverture de l'enquête MOTIF Profession écrivain

Profession? Writer, Gisèle Sapiro and Cécile Rabot (eds.) (CESSP-CNRS/EHESS)

- the synthesis

- the report

  • Interregional survey on related activities of book authors (Fill)
Couverture de l'enquête Retours à la marge

Margin Returns, Author Related Revenues, Emmanuel Négrier (CEPEL-CNRS) (on the Fill website)

Presentations

Extracts from the restitution of the main results of the study, 16 March 2016, Hotel de Massa, Paris (morning moderated by Hervé Hugueny, Weekly Books).

Presentation of the system and the synthesis report (pdf, 435 KB) (Hervé Renard, CMB/SLL)

Etude sur la situation économique des auteurs du livre - 16-03-2016 - Partie 1/2

Presentation of the main consolidated results of the Prepayments and Affiliates surveys (pdf, 756 KB) (Thibault Bordeaux, People Vox)

Etude sur la situation économique des auteurs du livre - 16-03-2016 - Partie 2/2

Infographics

Book: a life-size survey of authors

Press release

A unique photograph of the economic and social situation of the authors of the book pdf - 162 Ko