Playing the crystal ball game

<p>The New Year begins much as the old ended, with a blizzard of cut-price offers. Sale banners on the high street scream that even half-price books are too expensive; Asda responds by flogging Alan Bennett's Untold Stories for &#163;5.</p><p>Despite the traditional last-minute Christmas reprieve, all the signs point to a tough year ahead for bricks-and-mortar bookselling. Rising local and national taxes, rail fares and energy bills will squeeze wallets. A World Cup and no new Harry Potter will not help those summer like-for-likes one bit.</p><p>However, Da Vinci Code sales will flow thanks...

This is subscriber-only content

Not a subscriber? Get unrestricted access to all the news, charts, previews, data & analysis by subscribing from as little as £3 per week.


Why Subscribe?

Every issue of The Bookseller magazine

Unlimited access to thebookseller.com (single user)

The Bookseller e-edition app for tablet and mobile

Subscriber-only newsletters

Twice yearly Buyer's Guides worth £50

Discounts on The Bookseller Awards and Conferences

Click here to subscribe now