But lit eds want scoops

<p>For a journalist, the story comes first</p><p>Newspapers, however, are always going to be tempted to review early, as Robert McCrum made clear in the Observer last Sunday. News is news; and journalists are more likely to want to scoop each other than to stick to gentleman's agreements to wait for publication dates. Publishers get upset; but the example of Martin Amis' Yellow Dog should calm them. The wealth of embargo-busting, extremely unflattering coverage of that novel appears only to have advanced its cause in bookshops.</p>

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