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In a decision that has outraged bookworms, HMV has been given the green light to buy the bookseller Ottakar's.
The retailer already owns Waterstone's, and authors and publishers say the merged super-group would ensnare half of high-street book sales in some towns, offering readers less choice.
The NY Daily News reports A Brooklyn book dealer lost his valuable collection of religious texts in a suspicious fire yesterday that gutted his store yesterday morning.
Sean Abrahams, 35, who operates Wisdom, Knowledge, Overstanding Books, at Pitkin Ave. in East New York, called 911 just after 10:30 a.m. after smelling smoke.
Within minutes, the rear of the store was on fire and the blaze was spreading to the second floor of the three-story building, he said.
While independent bookstores around the country are disappearing by the dozens, cut down by both the chain bookstores and internet book sales, Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT is still going strong at age 30. Publishers, authors, and most recently, Publishers Weekly, who honored the bookstore with its "Bookseller of the Year" award, all concur that it's a dynamo. Owners Ed and Barbara Morrow, and manager-son Chris, reported "We've heard from a number of authors and publishers that we deal with since the announcement of the PW award, and a lot of people have been saying, 'We thought you already won that."