People will stop writing?
Ben Hoyle, Arts Reporter at Times Online, reports on the concerns of the Society of Authors that their members are worried about the publishing industry failing to adapt to the digital age. Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring who is the current chair of the organisation, feels the internet is awash with unlicensed free digital copies of individual chapters or in some cases entire books, and that this is undermining the living of professional writers.
“For a while it will be great for readers because they will pay less and less but in the long run it’s going to ruin the information. People will stop writing. There’s a lot of ‘wait and see what the technology brings’ but the trouble is if you wait and see too long then it’s gone. That’s what happened to the music industry.”
I don’t think writers will stop writing whatever happens. Some people, mainly celebrities, who write solely for cash, may well put their pens away and seek another source of income. But that’s OK, isn’t it?