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an irritating knob bouncing around with a book in his hand, trying to impress the girls.


I was watching commercial television yesterday and my pleasure at watching The Missouri Breaks was diminished by the almost constant interruption of an advert for the kindle. It was basically bright young things running and jumping around with a bit of plastic in their hands. And it occurred to me that if you replaced the bit of plastic with an actual book, well, then you had an irritating knob bouncing around with a book in his hand, trying to impress the girls.

Sainsbury's has Carte Blanche!

 No kidding.

Carte Blanche in case you didn't know, is the 'new' James Bondnovel published yesterday to much fanfare. (I wanted to say Finefare, but who these days remembers them?)

It has a recommended retail price of £19.99. Our copies on a 'special deal' cost us £9.50.

As you can see, Sainsbury's are selling it for £7.00.

Either they got a very special deal, or they're selling it at a substantial loss.

Probably both, wouldn't you think?

Look at this display. Now hum Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Best mate 

Then consider that this is the place that James Daunt starts from.

I was in my local Waterstone's this afternoon where an awful lot of the front of the store was taken up with a Father's Day promotion that featured anything but books. There were fluffy gonk things and a pen made of twigs that doubled as a catapult and little Morph dolls. Little Morph dolls. And Hitler DVDs.

Yes, I know they are high margin items, but the problem is, even in Croydon, that's exactly what they look like.

And I'm not sure if it was the result of a Head Office memo, but they were playing Simon and Garfunkle on the shop stereo.

If sixteen women over thirty five come into the shop

We will be at sixes and sevens trying to decided which two of them are the thieves.

According to this report :

one in eight women over 35 have discovered infringing copyright is cheaper than paying a couple of bob a book.

Too busy spending their money on them big handbags, I wouldn't wonder.

Although obviously not you lady, or you, or you either - surely you have some way to go to thirty five, no?

Kind of me to say so?

Not at all.

Sainsbury's wins the General or Chain Bookseller of the Year Award.

At the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards Sainsbury's *scooped* the prize.

Apparently they have been reinvigorating book zones.

At this point you may want to say, whatthefuck?

This on the same day that it is reported that the President of The Booksellers Association is calling for more support for high street bookshops and says, the economics for booksellers simply don't work.

And this, is should be noted, is the same Sainsbury's that has recently been selling the latest Jackie Collins, Goddess of Vengeance, hardback and with an rrp of £14.99 for £5.00 making, I am reliably informed, a loss of over £2.00 a copy.

Fair play then to the customer, who on Saturday afternoon returned from a next door visit to our local Sainsbury's with a picture on his phone of a book he had seen in there. I hope you have this, he said, because I don't want to buy it in a supermarket.

We did. And he bought it.

They may sell a lot of books, but that doesn't make them booksellers.