Mixed reactions to S&S buy, as Authors Guild calls for DoJ to block move

Mixed reactions to S&S buy, as Authors Guild calls for DoJ to block move

There have been mixed reactions from publishers and agents to Bertelsmann's acquisition of Simon & Schuster, with some opposed to the development and others expressing optimism. Meanwhile in the US, the Authors Guild has called on the Department of Justice to block the buy.

The Guild said in a statement, which came fast on the heels of the acquisition announcement: "The history of publishing consolidation has also taught us that authors are further hurt by such mergers due to editorial layoffs, cancelling of contracts, a reduction in diversity among authors and ideas, a more conservative a...

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