European Commission has authorised a joint venture between Germany's Bertelsmann AG and France's Havas SA, part of the Vivendi Group, for the sale of consumer books in the French language via the Internet.
The commission said the joint venture, called BOL France, will not create or strengthen a dominant position and therefore the venture is compatible with the common market.
"The sale of consumer books via the Internet is a new activity for both Bertelsmann and Havas in France. This is an emerging distribution channel," said the commission.
"It is an expanding segment on which a number of competitors are already active. The undertaking BOL France is part of an international network of selling books via the Internet under the brand name BOL," it said.
Other competitors in the online bookshop market include the US companies Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.
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