Now, hundreds of other writers, including some of the world’s most
distinguished, are joining the coalition. Few if any are published
by Hachette. And they have goals far broader than freeing up the
Hachette titles. They want the Justice Department to investigate
Amazon for illegal monopoly tactics.
They also want to highlight the issue being debated endlessly and
furiously on writers’ blogs: What are the rights and
responsibilities of a company that sells half the books in America
and controls the dominant e-book platform?
Andrew Wylie, whose client roster of heavyweights in literature is
probably longer than that of any other literary agent, said he was
asking all his writers whether they wanted to join the group,
Authors United. Among those who have said yes, Mr. Wylie said in a
phone interview from Paris, are Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman
Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera.
So glad the Department of Justice set all this straight by taking Apple to court.