Tomorrow's issue - and the first ever

<p>A few delights await in tomorrow's print issue of <em>The Bookseller </em>- kicking off with an important story on how retailer/publisher trading terms are changing and followed by a Harry Potter special, two cracking profiles and comprehensive look at November's paperbacks from Sarah Broadhurst.</p>
<p>I write this just back from a trip to the British Library's newspaper archive at Colindale where I have been looking at the very first ever copy of <em>The Bookseller </em>from 1858.&nbsp; The delightful staff there allowed me access to the actual bound volume, sparing me the horrors of microfiche, and, in a slightly anal way, it was a great thrill to turn the actual pages.</p>
<p>The reason for the visit was not nostalgic: next year we are 150 and as part of that celebration we are pondering a variety of one-offs, including a look at the history of the magazine. Our own copies were destroyed by the Luftwaffe in 1941, hence the trip to Colindale. It turns out they too were bombed, mistaken for nearby RAF Hendon, and many records were lost - but I am happy to report an intact set of <em>Booksellers</em> from the year dot.</p>
<p>Libraries have been a theme all week - we have more news from the area in tomorrow's paper -&nbsp; and yesterday we interviewed Margaret Hodge, the new library minister at the Commons. Apparently, she is refusing interviews with the national press until the autumn but is happy to see the trade press now because she feels she may learn something. I'm not sure about that, but it was a fascinating meeting and more details to follow . . .</p>