Ottakar's warns of cover price 'own goal'

<p>Ottakar's has warned that removing cover prices from books would be a "massive own goal" for the industry. But W H Smith has indicated that it may support such a move, Fiona Fraser writes.</p><p>Ottakar's m.d. James Heneage told The Bookseller that abolishing fixed cover prices would place extra costs on dedicated booksellers, while "playing into the hands of lower-price competitors" such as supermarkets and WHS.</p><p>"For specialist retailers such as Waterstone's and ourselves, the cost of pricing more than 80,000 titles per store would be horrendous. There are also the costs of overh...

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