Thursday, August 18, 2011

‘E-books are a threat to aspiring writers’

A Booker Prize winning author has claimed that e-books are threatening the future of English literature because aspiring writers will not be paid enough to make a living.

Graham Swift said new writers face earning lower royalties for their work as e-books than for traditional hard- and paperbacks.

If aspiring authors see that they are unable to make a living from their work, it may cause them to give up and leave potentially great stories unwritten, he said.

“I wouldn”t envy a young aspiring writer now,” the Telegraph quoted Mr Swift as telling BBC Radio Four’s World at One programme.

“The e-book does seem at the moment to threaten the livelihood of writers, because the way in which writers are paid for their work in the form of e-books is very much up in the air.

Full report here Hindustan Times

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