Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987), and the sequel, Innocent, published by Grand Central Publishing in 2010. His newest novel, Identical, was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2013. He has also written two non-fiction books about his experiences in the law. Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal), an international law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono matters. From 2010 to 2014, he was president of the Authors Guild, the nations largest membership organization of professional writers. He is an emeritus trustee of Amherst College.
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Authors Turow and Douglas come down on different sides of the Amazon-Hachette dispute.
"They are interested in using their market power to their own advantage and to pad their bottom line."
"I don't think that everything they do is evil, they've given a lot of authors access." However, Amazon is trying to "monopolize" the e-book market and has used "unfair tactics."
When it comes to books, Amazon has often used its huge market power to further increase its influence.
Publishers actually make less money with the agency model, so why have they insisted on it? The change was designed to limit the growing dominance of Amazon over American book retailing.