Actors supporting French bookshops

Date Updated: 18/04/2012

  • Association internationale des libraires francophones

    Association internationale des libraires francophones

    The International Association of French Bookshops is a network of professionals promoting the circulation and distribution of books and ideas throughout the developed and less developed French speaking areas of the world. It represents over 90 bookstores based in 58 countries.


    The AILF collectively represents the interests of French bookstores among French and international associations and public agencies, and French publishers and distributors. It offers training adapted to the needs of French bookstores and professional meetings at the Paris Book Fair.


    Every year since 2004 the AILF has been organising a Book Caravan in various West African countries to promote and sell African literature at affordable prices.


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  • Bureau International de l'Edition Française

    Bureau international de l’édition française (BIEF)

    The Bureau international de l'édition française is the common operator for publishers and public authorities for the promotion of exports, rights exchanges and international partnerships in publishing.


    It represents French publishing at international fairs and congresses, organises professional meetings and educational events and produces market analyses of foreign book publishing markets as well as catalogues of French books whose rights are available.


    Its Lettre du Bief newsletter and website provide foreign professionals with news about publishing in France and abroad.


    BIEF also operates in the United States through the French Publisher’s Agency (


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  • La centrale de l'édition

    Centrale de l’Edition

    The Centrale de l'Édition is an Economic Interest Group of French exporter-publishers.


    It offers its bookshop customers and foreign wholesalers financial guarantees and appropriate transport insurance including tailored solutions for shipping books, as well as centralised procedures for invoicing transport.


    For certain destinations, the Centrale de l’Édition organises subsidies from the Ministry of Culture and Communication for bookshops and wholesalers including shipping assistance (lowering the cost of transport), intervention funds (supplementing credit-insurance guarantees) and the PLUS Programme (reducing the price of university textbooks in sub-Saharan French Africa, Haiti and Madagascar).


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  • Centre National du Livre

    Centre national du livre (CNL)

    Founded in 1946, the National Book Centre is a public agency in France's Ministry of Culture and Communication, operating within the General Media and Cultural Activities Department.


    The CNL’s mission is to support all actors in the book publishing chain including authors, broadcasters, publishers, bookshops, libraries, and literary events organisers. To do so it offers a wide range of aid totalling some €42 million a year in the form of subsidies, credits, grants, and zero-rate loans, which are allocated after consulting specialist committees.


    CNL operates both in France and abroad. Focused on fairness and reciprocity, it strives to promote French literature on the international stage and foreign literature in France in return. It thus offers a forum for welcoming, informing, mediating, and exchanging visions globally, accessible to all.


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  • Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (MCC)

    Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (MCC) : Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles et Service du Livre et de la Lecture

    The General Media & Cultural Activities Service (Direction Générale des Médias et des Industries Culturelles) defines, coordinates and evaluates the Government’s policy to develop pluralism in media, the advertising industry, and all communication services to the public in electronic, audio, and book publishing form as well as general literacy and culture.


    Through the Books & Literacy Service, it encourages public literacy, aims at conserving, enriching and making the most of library assets, and participates in developing the book publishing industry in France and abroad. It also monitors developments in digital technology.


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