Worries over Waterstone's

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Publishers have expressed mounting concern at the continuing impact of tighter controls imposed on Waterstone's branch-level book budgets.</p><p>
A number of publishers said that the chain's branches had seen their monthly budgets slashed from thousands to hundreds of pounds. One said: "They've been telling our reps that they have as little as &pound;400 a month for books."</p><p>
Many were concerned that key titles and many strong selling mid-list titles were not being subscribed in sufficient quantities. According to one leading publisher, orders for April titles were in "much smaller...

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