Commit to supporting indie bookshops, publishers urged

Commit to supporting indie bookshops, publishers urged

As booksellers continue to recover from the financial and emotional cost of the pandemic, publishers must commit to supporting bookshops and "reframe the conversation" around recovery, delegates at the Booksellers Association (BA) Conference have heard. 

Speaking at an event chaired by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, on 13th September, BA m.d. Meryl Halls said it was necessary to exercise caution when celebrating how bookshops have "bounced back" since the pandemic. 

She said: "We have to be careful to talk about this recovery in a nuanced way. We don't want publishers to say 'oh,...

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