Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Writers' Union of Canada Speaks Out

For weeks, I’ve been reading about the ongoing dispute between Amazon and the Hachette Book Group. Millions of words have already been written on this topic, and it would take up too much space to highlight all of the opinions when you can easily Google the amazon/Hachette dispute to find the info. Since I live in Canada, what does interest me is that The Writers’ Union of Canada has now issued a public statement on the matter.

In a nutshell, they aren’t taking either side but are offering a third side, that is “that of the full spectrum of today’s professional authors. Simply put, neither nor Hachette Book Group would exist without the work of professional authors.” In other words, they want the two sides to resolve this issue fast as it’s hurting author’s incomes.

By the way, the TWUC’s official position is that 25% royalties on e-book sales is far too low and “does not reflect a marketplace reality”, indicating that 50% would be more realistic. I don’t disagree with them, but I doubt this will happen anytime soon either. You can read what else the TWUC says at

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