Who's afraid of the clubs?

<p>The call by Julian Rivers of Bertrams for publishers to disclose book club deals is reasonable. Booksellers and wholesalers have a right to know, before they make a significant commitment to a title, what they are competing against; they do not want to be taken by surprise when they see their current lead offerings in BCA or The Book People catalogues at huge discounts. The merit in these disclosures, however, lies in allowing booksellers to make decisions based on full information, rather than in encouraging them to think that they steer clear of all titles that book clubs and direct se...

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