Friday, January 21, 2011

Tesco Gets Testy

Tesco wrote to Irish publisher stating that if any of them preferentially give any of their titles to mainstream bookstores rather than to Tesco : "...the offending publisher will have all their titles removed from sale and returned."

When challenged about the general tone of this letter they add: "It's not a veiled threat but we have to have good working relationships with publishers."

Which is probably true--to be a veiled threat there would have to be a veil, methinks. Also Tesco famously negotiated to be the sole retailer of works by Gordon Ramsay and Robbie Williams.

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