The Society of Authors welcomes a new report by the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which calls for every pupil in the UK to have a well-resourced, properly staffed library in their secondary school. APPG argue that to contribute to the success of the UK economy it is vital to ensure children develop the essential literacy and digital literacy skills needed to fulfil their potential.
The results of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) survey: What are Words Worth Now? which is published today, tell a story that many authors know only too well: authors' earnings are falling fast.
There has been a spate of worrying press reports lately starting with a dispute in the USA between Hachette and Amazon and expanding into rumours about the terms Amazon is seeking to impose on publishers more widely.
Over three-quarters of UK journalists do not earn enough to support themselves, with the majority earning less than £8,200 a year, according to a survey of freelance newspaper and magazine journalists undertaken by the ALCS.