10 points about exclusive deals

<p><i>Hachette has pulled out of its exclusive arrangement with Waterstone's over Glen David Gold's Sunnyside. What though would be the long-term picture for independent booksellers if these deals became more prevalent.</i></p>
<p>1) Hodder was expecting the very exclusivity of this deal to generate extra publicity. This would have put independents in a no-win situation of trying to get adverse press coverage whilst trying not to get too much so that the book does extremely well on the back of it.</p>
<p>2) The Independents will no longer be able to satisfy their customers on range and informed bookselling if they are unable to source titles which will have national press coverage. <br />
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3) Regular independent customers will be forced to go to Waterstone&rsquo;s and will make increasingly less effort to frequent their local independent if they do not expect them to have a key title in stock.<br />
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4) The long-term future of hardback literary fiction is looking increasingly bleak. With a further weakened independent sector, there will inevitably be fewer shops who will stock these titles.<br />
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5) Publishers will have even more trouble getting grass-roots word-of-mouth for any books when fewer independents can read and enthuse about some of their more challenging books.</p>
<p>6) Glen David Gold agreed to this deal. How was this sold to him and how much information was he given?<br />
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7) What does this mean for other authors of literary fiction, in particular those who are not as well connected as Gold?<br />
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8) What happens when a Booker or Costa short-listed title is not available to the trade as a whole?</p>
<p>9) Other publishers confirm that Waterstone&rsquo;s is pushing more and more for exclusivity.</p>
<p>10 ) What is Waterstone&rsquo;s doing that is so special to warrant the special treatment?</p>