French Hachette Chief Urges French Publishers to Unite for eBooks

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Arnaud Nourry, chief of France’s Hachette Livre, is urging fellow-French publishers to band together to create a single digital book distribution platform that would handle French books. This news comes in the midst of a long public conversation about what French publishers should do to respond to the growing interest in eBooks.

According to The Bookseller, the coalition would be formed by representatives from three large French publishers, which together account for 80% of French language books.

Here’s more from The Bookseller:

He [Noury] added that Hachette’s digital book sales in the United States had taken off, and totaled $5m in December, which was more than for the whole of 2008. He said he expected the trend to hit Europe in the next 12-18 months.

Look out Europe! eBooks are a-comin!