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Setting fixed book prices

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Publishers and importers of books in the Netherlands must set a fixed price for paper books in Dutch and Frisian and for sheet music publications. Read more.

Do you publish or import books in the Netherlands? You must set a fixed price for (paper) books and notify the price to the Dutch Media Authority (Commissariaat voor de Media, CvdM, in Dutch). The fixed price applies to works that are:

  • paper books in Dutch and Frisian (and that have a title)
  • sheet music publications (on paper)
  • supporting information media
  • meant for sale to consumers

The fixed price ensures that a book will be sold for the same retail price in every shop. This prevents competitive pricing and should ensure a broad supply of books. There is no fixed price for electronic books (e-books) and audio books.

Changing and lifting fixed book price

The fixed price can be adjusted 6 months after it has been introduced. New publications, price changes and special prices must be reported to the Dutch Media Authority (in Dutch) at least one week before they take effect.

After 1 year, the fixed price can be lifted. The book can then be sold at any price. If you lift the fixed price, you should also report this to the Dutch Media Authority.

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