Category: harry potter

Things Customers Say and What They Really Mean

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One of the first things I was told as a rookie bookseller many years ago was the following old chestnut: 


  • The Customer Is Always Right.


I was also told:


  • Don’t spend too much time on the toilet.
  • Don’t wear a short skirt if you’re doing a window display and
  • Nobody wants to see your armpits.


My UK Bookselling Diploma thus obtained, I was now clearly ready to hit the shop floor.


Philip Pullman: His Discounted Materials


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The Devaluing of Books.


Part One of Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust Trilogy (La Belle Sauvage) arrives in October.

Set ten years before the events of the His Dark Materials trilogy, this is one of the most eagerly awaited books of this year (if not the last 20 odd years) in the book trade.


Publisher Embargoes: An Investigation

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When you work in a bookshop, new titles arrive all the time: any day of the week, any time of the month.

It’s like Christmas every day (but without the gin-soaked afternoon nap and second-degree oven burns.)