Accepting freebies

<p>I have been wondering why I find it so difficult to get W H Smith or Ottakar's to take our books as core stock--we are a small, independent publisher. I have also wondered why Lynne Franks gets such a high profile in these two places. Now I know.</p><p>In The Bookseller (26th September) we have not one but two references to the link, in Bent's Notes and News in Pictures. What would this be called in any other business? It seems that you get the coverage/support/preferential treatment you are prepared to graft for. If Lynne Franks can afford to wine and dine buyers at her sumptuous h...

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