Bookshops should get it while they can

<p>Richard Samson, chair of the proceedings at the Independent Trade Forum in York last week, described his job of organising the group of independents as "like herding cats". With this in mind, Faber's announcement that it will extend its Independent Alliance of seven publishers to also include independent retail customers looks pretty ambitious.
The alliance's opening offer is 56% discount on a range of 50 titles designed for a summer reading three-for-two offer. Point-of-sale is also supplied. In return, booksellers verbally agree a sales growth target in the region of 15% annually for a...

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