フランスで最も権威ある文学賞とされるルノードー賞の今年の候補作品17作の1つに、マルコ･コスカス氏の『Bande de Français』が選ばれました。この作品は、アマゾンのオンデマンドサービス「CreateSpace」のプラットフォームを利用して自費出版した作品です。これを受け、フランスの書店団体Syndicat de la librairie françaiseが、文学賞の審査員らに対し「本を脅威にさらすものを守るのではなく、本を守れ」と抗議しています。
Marco Coskas's "Bande de Français" was chosen as one of 17 of this year's candidate works of the Prix Renaudot which is regarded as the most prestigious literary award in France. This work published at Amazon's expense using its on-demand service "CreateSpace" platform. In response to this, French bookstore organization Syndicat de la librairie française protests that rather by endangering the continuation of publications, we should be protecting books.
Although usually we can expect the growth of book sales from such awards, these is commercially and technically not an option for bookstores like this which is the reason for their protests. The organization also criticizes Amazon for dominating the market, removing competition, creating unfair competition, tax evasion, all while replacing publishers, logistics services and bookstores.
In the past Mr. Costas has published more than ten volumes from regular publishers, but after being refused publication from other publishers, he decided to self-publish as he had no other option. According to the Guardian newspaper in England, he remarked that the bookstore's protests were "unfair and akin to blackmail." Instead of blaming the author or the award itself, their anger should be directed at the publishers who chose not to publish my work.
Similarly in Japan, the market for personal publication through Amazon POD is reported to have grown more than twentyfold since 2012 in 17 years, according to Asahi Digital, September 23rd. In a rapidly developed technology market, publishers will need to keep a sharp eye on the market in order to compete.