Since the nba`s demise, 500 independent bookstores have closed. The borders have passed to our high roads and stopped trade. Dillons is a distant (bad) memory. The market has shrunk. The lifespan of most novels is much shorter, as are the careers of most writers. Statistics tell us that there are more books published – but most of them are published or sold by small businesses that have virtually no marketing. The true history of the industry is the cutting of lists, mergers, collapses, buyouts, layoffs and losses on an unprecedented scale. The opposing side says the NBA is expanding the range of books published, including a lot of waste. Without them, publishers would be more discriminating, customers would be offered cheaper books and thus buy more, and literary interest would be stimulated.
In 1905, as a result of the Education Act, the Publishers Association introduced the practice of calling textbooks “non-net” that granted discounts to schools that were not available on other books. There were also agreements that allow public libraries to get discounts of up to 5% on the net books they buy.  The proposed preliminary hearing comes after the Fair Trade Board`s decision in August to reconsider the matter. Its chief executive, Sir Bryan Carsberg, will have to convince the court that publishers and bookstores have changed radically since 1962, when it was last examined by the Restrictive Practices Court. In the United Kingdom, the Director General of the Office of Fair Trading decided in August 1994 that the Court of Agreements should review the agreement. In September 1995, several major publishers (including HarperCollins and Random House) withdrew and, in September 1996, the Booksellers Association decided not to participate in the case. In March 1997, the Board of Agreements ruled that Net Book Agreement was contrary to the public interest and therefore illegal.  The 1899 agreement is a price agreement between publishers and booksellers to protect the wide range published and stored in stores. It prevents booksellers from offering discounts on “net” price books.
Meanwhile, independent bookseller Peter Donaldson of Red Lion Books also intervened in the debate. He believes it is not possible to reintroduce the NBA after consumers have become accustomed to half-price books for 20 years, but he believes that the very large discounts are not sustainable. Instead, he suggests removing the r.r.p. on the back of the titles. The force behind the attempts to keep them is the Publishers Association, which last month launched an appeal to raise $1 million for a legal defense. The battle will begin in earnest in the spring, when the Court of Agreements will reconsider whether this is in the public interest. Maher, on the other hand, said that independent booksellers would remain “in a good position.” He said abolition would “expand the market for almost all kinds of books.” He thought that bookstores would benefit from “secondary purchases,” even if they earned less with the books they had to reduce. He was wrong. But in economies such as Germany and France, where there is still a fixed agreement on the price of books, there has been a concentration of the market and the decline of independent bookstores.  Losses in small business were lower than many commentators expected and the number of titles published in the UK increased, despite claims to the contrary, when the NBA was dissolved.  The number of books sold in the UK also increased by about 30% between 1995 and 2006.  Rosewell also argues that any new NBA “must also take into account the interests of authors and illustrators and include the protection of the income of authors of the sale of books at an appropriate rate over which those who create the books have some control.