Indies join forces in new buying group

<p>Fiona Ramsay</p><p>Nearly 100 independent booksellers have banded together as a buying group to negotiate better terms from publishers. The move comes as indies face increasing price pressure from online and high street competitors. </p><p>Tim Walker, owner of independent chain Walkers Books, last month wrote to 300 bookshops asking them to support the formation of an independent buying group. The initiative is backed by wholesaler THE, which will provide distribution for the group.</p><p>Walker suggested that, in return for discounts of more than 50% on key titles, compared with the us...

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