Cover prices on books

<p>Concerning the demands for the abolition of prices from books raised by Philip Downer, Borders' UK managing director (The Bookseller, 12th September), I can see this only as a cynical ploy to increase further the advantages held by the large chain retailers, supermarkets and so on. They are obviously already getting hugely discounted net prices from publishers and wholesalers, and the removal of any notional price would enable them to mask this, as there would no longer be any benchmark of a recommended retail price.</p><p>In addition, as James Heneage of Ottakar's states (26th September...

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