Book clubs come under pressure

<p>Europe-wide friction between book clubs and booksellers will be the subject of a round table debate at the fair today (Thursday).</p><p>The debate comes as German booksellers are engaged in a bitter war of words with Der Club, Bertelsmann's influential book club operation, over the its price policy.</p><p>The German trade association Borsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels has threatened to take Der Club to court if the club presses ahead with plans to publish a growing number of bestsellers simultaneously with trade editions. Trade officials and Der Club's management will try to mend fen...

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