FURTHER UPSET over the very low discount being offered to Christian Bookshops by the Catholic Truth Society on the New Altar Missals that all Catholic Churches will soon require was again raised when Internet Bookseller, The Book Depository, was seen to be offering the Missals at 25% off – an offer no other bookshop could seemingly match.
Stephen Moseling, Operations Co-ordinator for St Pauls Bookshops was quick to raise the issue with Mr Fergal Martin, the Society’s General Secretary, on behalf of all concerned booksellers.
I am disappointed that you have not had the courtesy to reply to my email of 24th May, in which I expressed my dissatisfaction that you were not willing to meet with the signatories of the open letter sent to you to even discuss the discount policy of the CTS on the forthcoming Altar Missals. I understand that the other signatories to our original letter have received no further communication from you either.
What we have now seen on the website of The Book Depository http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Altar-Missal/9781860827297 makes us even more aggrieved. The Book Depository are offering their online customers each of the three editions of the Altar Missal at a 25% discounted price, with free delivery.
As you well appreciate, an online retailer does not have the same level of overheads that a high street retailer does.
We understood the policy of the CTS was to offer a “non-negotiable” 10% discount to the trade. This unacceptable level of discount prohibits bookshops from stocking these books and thereby making them available to their customers.
In the light of what The Book Depository are offering, how can you now justify the discount policy of the CTS to bookshops?
Yours in Christ,
Stephen T Moseling
ST PAULS by Westminster Cathedral
The Book Depository has itself been in the news recently of course when it was announced last week that an agreement had been reached between themselves and Amazon that would see them come under the ownership of Amazon – thus giving market share indeed to Amazon here in the UK and also increasing Amazon’s reach into Australia and Europe.