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How Do Writers Get Paid?
The past decade or so has seen incredible changes in how we read. New devices, platforms and marketplaces for books have risen and fallen, while traditional publishing houses and booksellers have adapted to suit readers’ changing habits and preferences. But how have things changed for authors? In the midst of all the upheaval, who’s looking out for them – and what role does copyright play?
Spoiler alert: broadly, authors’ incomes have plummeted. In this discussion, Professor Rebecca Giblin and Canadian American activist and author Cory Doctorow speak with literary agent Alex Adsett and copyright expert Zoë Rodriguez to help us get to the bottom of who advocates for what, and who actually benefits.