And still there comes silence from the publishers’ best buddies! What a surprise.
David Gaughran hits the nail squarely on the head (yes, I know it’s a cliche, but it’s late, I’ve been working for thirteen hours straight, so blah). The propaganda machine of the publishing industry carries on as usual. Don’t be one of their victims. They’re ALL vanity publishers now.
“Rotten apple” by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
There is something seriously askew with the supposed values of the publishing business.
The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets.
As always, I’m conscious of whose agenda this serves and why writers allow themselves to be used as pawns in this game.
Exhibit A: Harlequin
Amazon is regularly slated for the way it manages its tax affairs. I have written extensively about this before, but, in short, Amazon is using extremely common methods for minimizing its tax bills that are used by every major tech company (and many other multinational corporations too).
You can argue these loopholes should be closed (and I would agree), but these actions are legal. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the major publishers, and the global media conglomerates which own them…
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