BookTrack research debunks DTI data

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Research by The Bookseller and Whitaker BookTrack has debunked the Department of Trade and Industry's claims that paperbacks are more expensive in the UK than Europe (see The Bookseller, 18th February).</p><p>

The government's first international prices survey found that the average "on-shelf" price of a top 10 paperback in the UK in November 1999 was &#163;6.44. It contrasted the figure with the US, where the average price was &#163;4.45, and Germany, where it was &#163;5.76.

But figures from BookTrack, which monitors actual book sales through 4,600 outlets across the country, show tha...

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