On Lessons Learned in Kansas City

June 1st, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Discounts offered by wholesalers could make it tempting for independent booksellers to blow off the publisher and buy directly from discount outlets like Costco because there is no real financial incentive to buy from publishers—the price turns out to be just about the same, minus the cost of shipping.

Though the above practice could be detrimental to relationships between publishers and booksellers, it does hold a great deal of appeal for authors, whose book sales could count twice—once when a bookseller purchases said book from the discount outlet, once when a customer buys the book from the bookstore.

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