Sen. Schumer Op-Ed on E-Book Suit: DOJ should think again

Sen. Charles Schumer, in a strongly worded Wall Street Journal op-ed piece published today, called for the Justice Department to reconsider its e-book antitrust lawsuit, noting that “the suit could wipe out the publishing industry as we know it, making it much harder for young authors to get published.” Sen. Schumer continued:

The suit will restore Amazon to the dominant position atop the e-books market it occupied for years before competition arrived in the form of Apple. If that happens, consumers will be forced to accept whatever prices Amazon sets. All of us will lose the vibrant resources a diverse publishing universe provides. As Scott Turow, president of the Author’s Guild, has explained, the Justice Department’s suit is “grim news for everyone who cherishes a rich literary culture.”

A powerful member of the Senate Judiciary Committee gets it. A bit of welcome news, this hot summer.

The full op-ed is available here.

Comments: 1
  • Fortierrobin337

    I’m not a young author, but an older one. I have a self-published book through Xlibris Corp. and just learned that Author Solutions is its parent company which was acquired by Penquin. I have had numerous problems with Xlibris, along w/many other authors; some sinc 2002. Most of us have seen no royalties and once our book(s) being sold on various websites including Amazon, we never hear from Xlibris again unless it’s to try to get more money out of us or to give us a run-around. I’ve ended my contract/agreement with Xlibris , but my book is still avail. on amazon, against my permission/wishes. Xlibris has breached many contracts made with self-publishing authors. Some of us have been gullible; trusting what these online publishing companies tell us and pay hundreds, if not thousands; never to see a single penny given to us for our work(s), whether many of our books are sold or very little in number. Some of us are trying to take care of this through the legal system. There should be more protection for authors.