L'Europe des librairies indépendantes

LIBRAIRIE LAPAGE UK LTD

England

2020

Total project grant (euros)

102,000.00 €

Sub-programme

Culture

Funding scheme

Creative Europe

Call number

EACEA 32/2019

Call publication date

1 Oct 2019

Application deadline

27 Nov 2019

Number of partners in project

8

Lead organisation

ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DES LIBRARIES FRANCOPHONES

Partners

KUTAK KNJIGA

LA CONTREPARTIE

LIBRAIRIE KYRALINA

LIBRAIRIE LAPAGE UK LTD

LIBRERIASTENDHAL SRL

LLIBRERIA JAIMES

ZADIG BUCHHANDLUNG

The objective of the project « Europe of the independent bookstores » is to strengthen and enhance the European independent bookstore as a civil, social and cultural actor. Indeed, in the current context of concentration in the publishing world, the development of online sales platforms, and the domination of “GAFA”, it is important to remember that the bookseller is one of the last guarantors of bibliodiversity today; who is very much endangered. In order to support independent bookstores, it is essential to foster cooperation between them. Therefore, the global network of independent French bookstores abroad (AILF) and seven of its most active members on the European level seek to work towards a more cooperative practice, necessary to support the independent bookshops within the network. 

These independent booksellers operate within a scattered network and are in need to be connected around a common dynamic. It is for this reason that we wish to establish tools, which help to facilitate cooperation between booksellers, and allow them to enrich their own proper practice of the profession. Once redefined in its cultural and social dimension, this could be the creation of a European label.

The purpose of this experiment is organised around two key components of the booksellers’ profession: the way to choose and composed the books which they offer to the public and the way they highlight them with a strong politics of organising events; its value lays being the centrepiece of each bookstore.

The project experiments on a small scale with a model that can be developed and used within the entire network of independent bookstores in Europe. Furthermore, it has the potential to bring a global change together with other actors of the book-publishing chain and the European institutions.

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