People power

People power

The visceral pain I felt when I heard the news of The Book People’s collapse days before Christmas was quickly replaced by weary exasperation as I (foolishly) went on to read the comments. I would expect a little schadenfreude from some independent booksellers, but I was genuinely shocked to hear a handful of authors expressing relief that the 30-year-old business had gone into administration.

The Book People was founded in 1988 in an era of economic depression, before the demise of the Net Book Agreement, before the internet, before Amazon, before supermarket book ranges, and long before ...

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