OPINION Euan Thorneycroft

NWR Issue 96

Trade Winds

'The proofreader tried to kill herself. She shot herself with a gnu.’ So said bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz at a book event in February, which might have been entitled ‘Do We Still Need Publishers?’ It’s a good question when self-publishing is now available to anyone connected to the web and authors such as John Locke and Amanda Hocking have sold thousands of copies of their self-published novels. But at what price? 99p? So are people buying these novels for the book or for the price?

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