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'At terrible cost to authors'

22 June 2015

'The internet has given us, along with many wonderful things, the ability to steal great quantities of material that used to have to be paid for, to steal it with impunity... That ain't right.

Amazon has done one good thing, which is to make books available to everyone. But they've done it at terrible cost to authors by selling books so cheaply. It gives the impression that books don't cost very much to create.

Author earnings have gone down dramatically in the last five years. It's harder for those on modest earnings to scrape together a living.'

Philip Pulman, author of His Dark Materials and The Ruby in the Smoke