The case for protecting writers
2:29 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Commentary: The indispensability of writers forgotten in Amazon-Hachette battle

Roxana Robinson is a novelist and the president of the Authors Guild. She lives in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut. Her newest novel is 'Sparta.'
Roxana Robinson is a novelist and the president of the Authors Guild. She lives in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut. Her newest novel is 'Sparta.'
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The giant online marketer Amazon and the international publisher Hachette  are fighting over the book business. But writers—the people who make books, may not get much of that fight. Books are a billion-dollar business, and Roxana Robinson says most writers can’t make a living. She's a novelist and president of the Authors Guild, and she has some ideas about how that happened, and why you should care.