Lessons from Blackwell's

<p>Campus bookshops need to carve out a new role.</p><p>So the last great British family bookselling dynasty is ending, at least in its current form. Having vanquished its rivals, and grown to dominate UK campuses, Blackwell's itself now needs a buyer to step in and take over a large chunk of its shops. A proud 125-year history, justly celebrated in Oxford this summer, is drawing to a close.</p><p>The challenges of academic bookselling are well documented, despite the surge in student numbers: discounting pressure on core titles from Amazon and Tesco.com, use of coursepacks, rising cover pr...

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