Open Book closes following centralisation of Ireland's library supply

Open Book closes following centralisation of Ireland's library supply

The Irish government’s controversial decision to centralise library supply has claimed its first victim. The Open Book Company Library Services, based in County Dublin and run by Brendan Bannigan [pictured], has closed after 27 years in business.

Its demise follows the Irish government’s move to centralise library supply in the country in a cost-saving measure. In December, Irish booksellers and Words Ireland - a grouping of seven literature organisations in the country - expressed dismay when UK-based wholesaler and library supplier Connect Books won 60% of the tender, worth €6m a year fo...

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