There are currently, in most cities, two bookseller chains – Ottakars and Waterstones (the latter owned by HMV.) There are also the supermarkets, who undercut everyone but only sell a Top 40 and Dan Brown, Amazon, who most people use, and local bookshops, who are totally outgunned. By allowing Waterstones to buy Ottakars, most people's choice will reduce to zero; it's Waterstones, Amazon or the supermarkets. New authors won't have a chance.
Yip, you guessed it, the Competition Commission have just approved said merger. Unbelievable.