Let’s face it, this is probably mainly due to the lack of constant pluralism in the book industry and the growing lack of distribution opportunities on regular networks for independent publishing books, to which our show has found its way to the public. But this is also because it has never been and never will be a book fair, like any other. This is an organized exhibition, from development to processing by the publishers themselves. Thus, between the publishers there is a warlike and fraternal spirit, as well as involvement in visitors, which from year to year is becoming more and more. Therefore, we are faced with the need to find rooms adapted to this success, all the more so as more and more publishers are also trying to join us. After three permutations, we found a place that perfectly fits our image but does not expand to greet more publishers. To our knowledge, we still know so little about the IPNE group.
Therefore, assessing the impact of the Law on the Independent Publishers of New England group involves examining how a number of indicators and characteristics of this sector have changed since the law came into force. But it also involves comparing these events with the periods and price systems that preceded it, or comparing them with those that are observed in other countries, regardless of whether they have systems with fixed prices, which is the subject of a study of the situation of book markets in 24 countries carried out in addition to the analysis of market events.
These two exercises obviously raise the question of the availability of statistics. It should be noted that knowledge of the book market in 1981 was much more limited than today: to give only two examples, the number of copies sold by publishers was unknown and market shares of various sales channels were not yet regularly monitored. In addition to data accessibility, it is important to see how they are produced: what area do they cover, are samples representative, are there biases?
For a long-term analysis, one should also pay attention to the continuity of the methods and perimeters of various surveys and, if possible, make adjustments to ensure continuity of the series, otherwise we can draw erroneous conclusions from reconciling too quickly certain data. That is why in the subsequent analysis of changes in the main indicators of the book market in France, each series of indicators was preceded by a summary of the available sources and the precautions that must be taken to use them over a long period.
Let us ask ourselves what place the publishing market will have in our renewed political and cultural landscape. What policies will be the basis for the book of the new Minister of Culture. Will we continue, according to purely financial logic, to weaken state support for the book sector? It is becoming increasingly difficult for regions to promote young art and books in their territories.
It would be good if book policy could be spread within the country. Should we wait until we want to take care of ourselves? But Jupiter has many other things to whip … and if the speech, like clothes, seems new, the actions follow a well-honed ritual, according to which you must know everything in order to change, so that nothing changes. So let’s continue to resist our small means with our books, small and beautiful at the same time, our tenacity in not wanting to be satisfied with niches in which we would like to see us eat our bones without bothering anyone.
While book promotion is important because there are meetings between publishers, our exhibition since its inception has also been a place for discussion of independent publications with recurring topics, such as defending a single prize or news like, last year, the fight against increasing VAT on a book . This desire to be fair in the struggle and claims has always received a favorable response from both the participants in the book chain and the readers. This year, a round table is organized around these ten years of defense of independent publications and will present prospects for the next ten years. Because, despite the show and the real success of our show, it nevertheless causes serious concern for the freedom of publication in subsequent years, whether due to the possible transition to all digital under the sole control of transnational corporations, or the increasingly important commodification of the book. But publishers, book sellers, authors, readers can count on the vigilance of our association and its upcoming exhibitions for many years and for as long as necessary.