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Friday, April 04, 2008

More on OA for novels

Ben Hoyle, Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing, London Times, March 31, 2008.  (Thanks to Catherine Rampell.)  Excerpt:

...Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring who also chairs the London-based [Society of Authors], said that her members were deeply concerned that the publishing industry was failing to adapt to the digital age....

Ms Chevalier told The Times that the century-old model by which authors are paid – a mixture of cash advances and royalties – was finished. “It is a dam that’s cracking,” she said. “We are trying to plug the holes with legislation and litigation but we need to think radically. We have to evolve and create a very different pay system, possibly by making the content available free to all and finding a way to get paid separately.” ...