"Writing, as a profession, will cease to exist"

These are the (I'm sure deliberately) provocative words of novelist Ewan Morrison in The Guardian: "Ebooks, in the future, will be written by first-timers, by teams, by speciality subject enthusiasts and by those who were already established in the era of the paper book. The digital revolution will not emancipate writers or open up a new era of creativity, it will mean that writers offer up their work for next to nothing or for free. Writing, as a profession, will cease to exist."

You can read more here, although he takes some liberties, such as claiming that the NY Times endorsed downloading ebooks for which you already had a physical copy, when that was a single columnist, not their editorial board.

Author Holly Lisle - who has gone to epubbing only - takes issue with his ideas here




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