U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an end to the online bookselling industry in the U.K., saying it is “sabotaging our shared culture.”
He said the U:Book store chain is “simply not working for the British people.”
He called on other countries to follow the example set by the U., which recently shut down online bookstores.
“If we want to move forward as a free market, we must work together,” he said.
“But to do so we must have a culture that allows people to find the right book for them, and the right place to buy it.
We must build a culture of shared values and shared experiences.”
The news comes after the U.-K.
shut down its online booksellers for several weeks last month.
The British government said online book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble were not complying with a series of orders and the closures were not related to online piracy.
The U.KS.’s online bookseller booksellings are being closed down after it was ordered to stop selling books from bookseller bookseller U.G. bookshop.
The shutdown was ordered in January as part of a court case against the bookseller.
U.T. booksells, however, are being allowed to continue selling books online and some are selling the U-K.’s books on site.
The closures are part of the U.’s transition to a new, digital bookselling model, which Guterre said will lead to better, more secure, and more sustainable book sales.
“The U.k. is moving into a world where people will be able to buy books online,” he told a news conference in London on Wednesday.
“And it is working.”
The bookseller chain’s closure comes as more and more U.U. books are becoming available online.
The online book market in the United States has grown from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $1 billion in 2015, according to a 2016 report by the Authors Guild, a nonprofit advocacy group for the publishing industry.
Some of the country’s largest online book sellers, including Amazon, are also shutting down their U. books.
Amazon has shut down U. of A, where the U of A’s bookstore and library business was built, and U.C. Berkeley, which is home to the University of California.