Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Russian publishing: can it be true?

In the current issue of The Author, Scott Turow, President of the US Authors Guild writes:

'Last October, I visited Moscow and met with a group of authors who described the sad fate of writing as a livelihood in Russia today.  They said there is only one physical publisher left, and that ebooks are savaged by rampant and instantaneous piracy that goes almost completely unpoliced.  In the country of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov, few Russians - let alone any Westerner - could name a contemporary Russian author whose work regularly enters the national conversation.  The Framers of the US Constitution had it right. Soviet-style repression is not necessary to diminish  the audience and influence of a nation's authors. Just devalue their copyrights.'





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