5.3.4 Literature and libraries
The book trade in Switzerland was based on a fixed price policy (net book agreement). An agreement between publishers, distributors, and bookstores guaranteed consumers pay retail prices as determined by publishers. Great controversy has arisen in recent years in response to the Competition Commission's decision to ban fixed prices on books, a decision subsequently upheld by the Federal Supreme Court. The Competition Commission came to the conclusion that there is no causal link between fixed prices on books and the variety of titles, broad range of selection, and the high density of booksellers. The Federal Council is convinced that cultural policy goals can be obtained by means of government-supported books and publishers. Currently, there are no fixed prices for books in Switzerland.
The relevant laws in the field of literature and libraries are: