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March 19, 2012


Lexi Revellian

Don't agree. Books are really important, and some people can't afford to buy them at the prices publishers charge. Yes, really.

Maybe, if publishers want to be seen as promoting world literacy and similar high-faluting ideals, they might usefully consider paying authors, without whom there would be no publishing industry, a less risible proportion of the profits.

Big Publishing has had things its own way for a long, long time. Amazon is offering readers and authors a better deal. As long as it continues to do that, it will thrive. As soon as it starts to get complacent and fails to meet customers' needs, it will run into the sort of problems trad publishers are facing right now.

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