Can independent booksellers survive?

<p>Terry Reilly's letter (20th January) stressing the threat to independent booksellers if the savage discounting of this Christmas is repeated in 2006 was, for me, a timely warning to the trade of the consequences to publishing if independents are forced out of the high street.</p><p>As a former Ottakar's manager, I've just spent my first Christmas as an independent bookseller without the first 20 feet of retail space dedicated to near half-price offers to protect me from bargain-hungry shoppers' demands. The excessive discounting of the e-tailers and some chains is a double whammy for ...

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