Tesco threatens Irish publishers over bestsellers |THE BOOKSELLER REPORTS
When contacted by The Bookseller, Howey said the letter was to do with Penguin Ireland’s recent publication of The Fitzpatrick Tapes, a book based on the Irish banking crisis based on interviews with the former head of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean Fitzpatrick. The book, under heavy embargo, was published on 7th January. Copies of the book were delivered to Dublin city centre bookstores and media outlets by Penguin Ireland’s office staff including the publisher’s m.d. Michael McLoughlin.
Howey said: “It came on sale and we knew nothing about it. What we are trying to do is make sure the offering Tesco has does represent the bestselling lines for customers. All we were trying to do was outline the need to know so we do not miss sales opportunities.”