In a no-holds-barred challenge to the UK book trade reported by Graeme Neill in the Bookseller — online on Monday and in yesterday’s print edition, pictured — Booksellers Association President Sharon Murray has called for greater co-operation between publishers and booksellers.
Speaking at the 2010 Book Industry Conference on Monday, Murray was addressing the challenge of increasing digitisation, the arrival of Apple’s iPad and concerns over the Google Settlement:
Sharon Murray said that publishers and retailers need to work together in order to safeguard both their businesses. While accepting many publishers cooperate with retailers, she added they need to “underpin not undermine” independent and high street bookshops.
She said: “Our current sales are funding the changes in your future business models. Don’t lock us out. We want the opportunity to trade in these new formats. Bookshops and booksellers are still your most significant route to market and retailing diversity is important to our future.”
Co-operation needs to work both ways, however, she warned, noting that we as booksellers need to play our part in backing publishers and authors:
We should support publishers and authors in keeping their businesses profitable and helping them to reach the widest consumer market. These challenges to intellectual property and rights-holding undermine us all equally.
- Read the full report: BA president warns of trade’s future “irrelevance”