Eason manager says 2009 was "worst year" in memory

<p>The manager of the flagship Dublin branch of Irish bookseller Eason has described last year as &quot;the worst we&#39;ve ever experienced&quot;, in the wake of news late last week that Hughes &amp; Hughes had entered administration. </p><p>According to <a href="http://irishpublishingnews.com/2010/02/28/2009-worst-year-for-the-trade-... target="_blank"><em>Irish Publishing New</em></a>s, O&rsquo;Connell Street manager Martin Black was part of a panel discussion on RTE Radio 1&rsquo;s The Marian Finucane Show yesterday (28th February). </p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;ve been in the bookselling business for over 30 years and certainly everyone agrees that 2009 was the worst year we&rsquo;ve ever experienced,&quot; he said.</p><p>&quot;Bookselling is a very difficult business. It&rsquo;s different to other retailers in the sense that in the drapery business you can get stock in, hold it there for a few months, but on a daily basis there are new titles coming in. </p><p>&quot;One never knows how they are going to go, it&rsquo;s like throwing wet cement on a wall you don&rsquo;t know what is going to stick, what the bestseller is going to be and you&rsquo;ve got to buy in the hope of what you think will appeal.&quot;</p>