Suspense author Scott Turow appeared in an interview on CBS This Morning on October 16 to publicize his latest book, "Identical," and during the interview accused Amazon of monopolizing the e-book market. When asked about his issues against Amazon.com, Turow stated that, "Amazon can't be all good or all bad. I don't think that everything they do is evil. To me, it looks like Amazon is trying to monopolize the e-book market. They use unfair tactics."
Turow, a practicing attorney and author of nine fiction and two non-fiction books, is no stranger to the best seller list. His first novel. "Presumed Innocent," hit bookstores in 1987, and his most recent work "Identical" was just released this month. All of Turow's books are offered on Amazon.com. He feels that when Amazon prices e-books well below the printed version of an author's work, "destroys both physical book stores and drives the reading public to e-books, which Amazon dominates."
Turow is also concerned about "the slow death of the American author." As president of The Author's Guild, he feels strongly that authors are being attacked from all sides - publishers want to reduce royalties on ebooks, pirated books are easily found on the internet, and academics want to get rid of copyrights. The Author's Guild is the nation's leading advocate for authors and provides legal assistance, low-cost website services, and access to other resources to benefit writers.
In his closing statements, Turow stated, "Books are never going to die. Text will always be with us." See the full interview on CBS News.