Ursula LeGuin is a Literary Lioness!

Ursula K. Le Guin

Our own Ursula was interviewed by the New York Times as part of their piece entitled Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics.

Ursula and other lions and lionesses were interviewed for their participation in Authors United, a group of authors who have taken on Amazon over its treatment of Hachette Books.

Ursula is quoted in the article as saying, “We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author.”

You can read all about it by following the link above.




Ursula LeGuin is a Literary Lioness! — 3 Comments

  1. Since I was a child, I have great respect for Ms Le Guin’s books as a writer, and later for her as a person.

    I’m quite pleased to see her stand strong regarding censorship, I’m on the same boat, really. However, I don’t remember seeing any real proof/instance of censorship on the current Amazon/Hachette negociations.

    “We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author,”, she writes.

    As far as I understand, no author has “disappeared” from the store, nor books made impossible to get from Amazon. Not active stocks, no pre-order, sure. But I fail to see how that is censorship, especially since Amazon does sell the books.

    Any real censorship example would be welcome for this blogger…

    On the contrary, I see in the ebooks stores a much wider diversity nowadays, from diverse authors, in diverse genres. Of course, self-publishing/indie publishing allows anyone to publish anything, and a good portion of that work is rubbish. Nonetheless, some of the rest is quality, and would have never been published otherwise.

    I know and understand that Amazon is clearly not disinterested in its massive support of indie-publishing, however, I think that far from censoring, it’s ultimately (and for now), working FOR expression.

    And if Amazon were to change its stance, and reduce indie publisher’s liberty to publish via their store, at least the authors will have kept their rights to their work and will be able to sell it elsewhere, or even distribute it freely if that were their wish.

    On the other hand, I don’t think authors having signed with Hachette would be free to do so, if Hachette decided to stiffle their sales…

    Once again, with the greatest respect for Ms Le Guin, in this I think she’s mistaken…

  2. I’m with SFReader.

    @SFReader- Thank you so much for posting your comment. I was left bewildered by the quote in the NYT and you summed up my concerns wonderfully.