Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Society of Authors AGM

Yesterday I went to the AGM of the Society of Authors in Senate House - the main administrative buidling of the University of London. It is an impressive beautiful building. Although I studied at the University of London for three years at the beginning of the eighties this is the first time I had ever been inside. We met in a fine wood-panelled hall. Anthony Beevor took the chair for the last time before handing over to Helen Dunmore.

The main issues were: why many new books are sold as 'used' at very low prices on amazon, ebay and Abe books, sometimes on the day of publication - and where they come from; and the proposed takeover of the bookchain Ottakars by Waterstones and why this is bad news for both authors and readers. I shall blog about these two issues in more detail later. Tomorrow I am going to Newscastle and shall be taking my camera.


Blogger Patt said...

An unpublished glasgow cartoonist says well done lady you have done well keep it up.Slay them in the pond

Thu Sep 29, 09:46:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Patt - your blog is pretty good too.


Thu Sep 29, 10:36:00 pm  

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