Since the nba`s demise, 500 independent bookstores have closed. The borders have passed to our high roads and stopped trade. Dillons is a distant (bad) memory. The market has shrunk. The lifespan of most novels is much shorter, as are the careers of most writers. Statistics tell us that there are more books published – but most of them are published or sold by small businesses that have virtually no marketing. The true history of the industry is the cutting of lists, mergers, collapses, buyouts, layoffs and losses on an unprecedented scale. The IAP believes that all sectors, including publishing and bookstores, should be involved in the VAT management procedure. A zero rate is the most effective way to support the entire editorial chain, from the author to the bookstore and libraries. The Booksellers Association commended Pullman for addressing the issue of support for independent bookstores and said the proposal to reintroduce solid book prices would merit discussion.
Rosewell also deplored the removal of the Net Book Agreement and said that the current approach allowing retailers to choose their own prices was “actually quite close to chaos” and “extremely damaging” to the authors. FBP opponents say that the industry works best when it operates in free market conditions, and that FBP artificially increases the prices that people pay for books. They say retailers should be able to determine the prices of their products freely, based on actual demand. They do not agree that readers with specific interests should find fewer titles in countries that do not have BPPs or that publishers in countries with BSFs take more commercial risks. Opponents of the FBP believe that governments can better support the book industry by supporting literacy and the development of creative industries. However, booksellers and publishers clashed in their positions on the subject. However, C.E.O. Stephen Lotinga of the Publishers Association rejected any possibility of reintroducing a fixed price for books and stated that there was “no prospect.” Instead, he said a better way to support indie bookstores was to commit to reducing business rates that threaten to leave 275 cities without bookstores. He added that efforts must also be made to ensure greater equity in the bookstore market, so that a company does not dominate revenue. “Publishers support efforts to support as many independent booksellers as possible in the UK so that consumers have a real choice about where and how to buy their books,” Lotinga said. “The best way to achieve this is to ensure a level playing field in the book market, so that no company is able to dominate or adopt an anti-competitive attitude.
Obviously, it`s quite a cake in the sky. The spectrum of online copyright theft would be too great in all attempts to set reasonable prices. The hope that our new conservative masters admit that the “free” market has done something worse is probably as crazy as the expectation of decent rail traffic. But here too, it is at least worth changing. After all, the current situation is increasingly untenable. About her. Supporters of the FBP believe that books as cultural objects deserve to be treated differently from other tradable goods. They believe that FBP creates a level playing field for retailers, allowing small booksellers to survive despite the existence of huge stores, and that FBP allows readers to access a wider variety of books.