Friday, 12 April 2013

Warehouse Fire Burns Books

If you walk into a German bookstore looking for a particular book and they don't have it, they can order it for you and it'll be there the next day. Any German book. This is something that surprises people in other countries. It's because the Germans are ruthlessly efficient, obviously. But also because there's a system of very large distributors. One of them is the Leipzig-based LKG. They provide distribution and warehousing services for a hell of a lot of independent publishers.

Unfortunately, there's been a fire at one of their warehouses. No one knows yet how many books burned, but estimates put it at 18,000 pallets and a million euro. It took the fire brigade 17 hours to extinguish the fire. It looks like not all the publishers were directly insured - bad news.

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