The “Fair Trade Book”

The label the “Fair Trade Book” is attributed by the International Alliance of independent publishers to works published in the context of international publishing agreements which respect each other particularities : solidarity co publishing. These solidarity copublishings enable the sharing of costs linked to intellectual and physical production of books and therefore implies an economy of scale ; an exchange of professional know-how and a common experience, while respecting the publishers’ cultural context and identity ; distributing works on a broader scale by adjusting prices for each geographic zone. The label the “Fair Trade Book” is a symbol of this solidarity amongst publishers – solidarity which also indirectly mobilises readers : because a book is sold 20 Euros in France it can be bought at half this price in West Africa, for instance.