Author Graham Swift Says eBooks Will Hurt Royalties

British author Graham Swift is not a fan of eBooks. In an interview with The Telegraph, the author compares the eBook revolution to mass production in the mid-19th century, and accuses publishers of using eBooks as an excuse to pay authors less.

Swift, whose 1996 novel Last Orders won the Booker Prize, says that the way that writers are paid for their eBooks is too “up in the air.”

He said in the interview: “Unfortunately writers take a very small part of the profit on their books, and I think in the e-book world there is a real danger they will take even less, unless they are vigilant and robust about protecting their own interests.”