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Literary agents are a vital bridge between writers, illustrators and publishers.
Winning an award can make a big difference to the author and publisher.
Publishers and agents meet at international trade fairs to buy and sell rights.
Scotland hosts book festivals ranging from the world's largest (Edinburgh International Book Festival) to small local ones run by volunteers.
Many places sell books but bookshops are a particular delight.
Good data aids the discovery and purchase, distribution and sales measurement of books.
The book industry is a very creative place with authors, designers, illustrators, marketers, publicists and photographers all playing their part.
Wholesalers and distributors are the main way that books get to retailers.
Printed books (especially paperbacks) are still the most popular choice for readers.
There are all sorts of libraries housing all sorts of books.