The author made 3p from the sale of this book

My last post pondered the merits of 'fair trade'-style labeling on books: ones that directly told the reading public how much of the sales price went into author pockets. It has interesting potential for alerting readers to unsatisfactory contractual practices - like the 'export sales' rules that can see Australian authors receive just AUD $0.20 … Continue reading The author made 3p from the sale of this book

‘Fair trade’ labeling for authors?

A couple of weeks ago Professor Jessica Litman delivered the thirteenth Annual International Intellectual Property Lecture at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She makes the case that the copyright wars of recent decades have really been tussles between 'old' and 'new' intermediary investors; publishers, labels and movie studios vs service providers and online platforms. While the rhetoric … Continue reading ‘Fair trade’ labeling for authors?

‘How do writers get paid?’ – A fiery exchange

The Author's Interest project (in partnership with Melbourne's Wheeler Centre) recently put on an event exploring some of the tricky reasons why many authors' incomes have recently seen such sharp declines - and mulling over ways to increase their share. With me on the panel were: Canadian-British author and activist Cory Doctorow, writer's agent Alex … Continue reading ‘How do writers get paid?’ – A fiery exchange

What’s happening to authors’ earnings? Surveying the surveys

Next week I'll be hosting an event at the Wheeler Centre (with Cory Doctorow and others) discussing how writers can get paid. The vital backdrop to that event is  figures out of Australia, Canada, the US and the UK showing that writers' incomes have plummeted over the past two decades. This post is intended to bring … Continue reading What’s happening to authors’ earnings? Surveying the surveys