News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt says sales for his latest book Worth Fighting For are going well, despite what he calls a sabotage by bookstores, which have put the title in the politics section, instead of the prime real estate at the front of the store. Ms Tips’ colleague Josh Taylor saw the book in a newsagent in Rozelle, right above the daily newspapers, but was told by Mark Fletcher, CEO of NewsXpress, that newsagents don’t get any choice about stocking the books, as they are sent to them from newspaper publishers along with the newspapers …

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Bolt’s book is also not available on industry website Books In Print, where bookshops order titles from. It means that if booksellers want to stock the book, they have to make arrangements with the publisher directly. But an insider tells us generally it’s the publisher going straight to the bookstores.

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