Apparently Amazon are on the verge of inking a deal with the French to get the Kindle ereader and the Kindle store to the French. France is one of the ugliest publishing markets, and must be quite difficult to get into. There is massive state intervention to fix book prices, plus further behind-the-scenes price-fixing cartels among publishers. They even passed a new law recently to specifically prevent ebooks from being discounted. ebooks are about 2% of the market there, currently, compared to around 10% in the English-speaking world with forecasts of 25% by 2014. Let’s hope that Amazon can give French indie publishers and self-publishers room to wriggle free of the traditional publishing industry.