'Charity book shops which operate like professional businesses should not benefit from receiving tax and business rate concessions, says the Booksellers Association (BA).
The statement follows a strong concern from high-street booksellers that tax breaks received by charity bookshops give them an unjust competitive advantage over other bookshops.
The BA argues that many charity book shops are professionally run and staffed by experienced retailers and in many instances believe charity retail units affect adversely the rateable values of neighbouring properties. One charity is believed to have more outlets in the UK selling books than the largest specialty bookshop.'
[AS: doesn't the Booksellers Association have better things to do? This is embarrassing.]