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Bookseller slammed over misleading offer

Bookseller Waterstones has been told to withdraw an in-store sales promotion that claimed all fiction books were 'three for the price of two'.

A complaint to the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) was upheld earlier this week. A Waterstones customer called the ad misleading, because it stated that it applied to all fiction but, when trying to take advantage of the offer, he was told that children's fiction was not included.

Bond ditches Penguin for digital market

The book industry could lose out on millions of pounds because publishers have failed to sign up the digital rights to authors, who are expected to bypass traditional publishing houses in favour of Amazon or Google.

The fears were raised after the estate of Ian Fleming announced that all the Bond novels are to be made available as e-books in the UK for the first time this week. But they are not being released by the author's print publisher Penguin.