Wednesday, November 11, 2009

it was Waterstone's, upstiars, with a pallet of celebrity biographies

How a huge chain store wrecked British bookselling.

""There seems to be a frantic scramble in the book retail world to rush downmarket in order to compete with the challenges of Amazon, the supermarkets and next the ebook. Publishers have to fight their corner, year after year, against ever more aggressive demands for higher discounts from the chains, but seem at a loss to know how to cope with the underlying problems they face. They fear speaking out about how their books are being sold."

That's true here too.

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