EIBF Asks Governments to Protect Bookstores
The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), which lobbies the European Commission and other government bodies on behalf of member bookstores, issued a statement today citing the need for governments to offer meaningful financial support to booksellers across Europe amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The statement said, "many bookstores that our members represent have limited, or no, infrastructure to support online sales in these unprecedented times," added, "in addition, while offering home deliveries, they are exposing themselves to higher risks." The EIBF concluded, "this puts them at a disadvantage compared to giant online retailers, whose businesses are operating with minimal adjustments."
The EIBF requested support for beleaguered stores. "We are appealing to governments worldwide to remember the importance of books in our society, and the positive impact bookstores have on local communities, and provide support and financial aid to protect the bookselling industry," the organization wrote.