Waterstone–Ottakars merge draws closer

mediabistro.com: GalleyCat

"Now that the Competition Commission has essentially given the go-ahead for HMV to buy Ottakar’s — merging Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s in unholy matrimony – reactions from the publishing world are very mixed, to say the least."

For a round-up of the reactions to the news, and predictions of its effect on book selling and buying in the UK, see the Galley Cat link above.

The final report is due out at the end of May, and "interested parties" may send comments on the draft until 19 April.