From today’s Times (Saturday’s weekly books supplement), a note pointing out that publishers complain that booksellers charge them too much for book promotion. Jodi Picoult’s latest is cited as being on special offer at all the chains, evidence that retailers are stifling variety? Well, Waterstone’s and WH Smith have recently announced flat results, and Borders is up for sale. On the other hand, Random House, Hachette, Penguin, HarperCollins and Simon&Schuster have all announced healthy profits.
One book description that caught my eye is "Adverbs" by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). Adverbs is a set of linked short stories set in and around San Francisco, concerning the attempts by a group of characters to find love. Each story has an adverb as the title: Immediately, Soundly, Collectively, etc. According to the Times reviewer, "beautifully written and very funny, these stories are inventive as they are engaging." (UK price is £7.99 but presumably cheaper in your local Watertsone’s, Borders or WHS.)