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the same book for considerably less than the list price.
They consider books “loss leaders” that lure customers into
Well, you're stupid not to use them to a certain extent.
Yes, except that it's not always pleasant shopping
in these discount stores.
Of course Brentano's and Scribner's have the stock
that Korvette's and the other discount houses haven't got.
But those are the unprofitable stocks. They'll have a book
on their shelves for six months before somebody comes in and
asks for it. But all of these things have hurt retail book
selling. Mail orders also affect book selling--publishers
doing their own mail orders. I think there's a lot to be
said for making that against the law. The publisher here
is obviously competing with his own customers.
In fact, there are a great many things that I think
are wrong in the book business. In many ways book publishers
still do things exactly as they did in the horse-and-buggy
days; and if I were a book seller, I'd raise hell.
You wouldn't want to elaborate on that at all?
I'm worrying about the book clubs, the price cutters,
the mail order schemes--all of these things.
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