ERIC Number: ED178932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Statement of the Authors Guild on "The Continuing Trend To Concentration of Power in the Book Publishing Industry."
Authors Guild, Inc., New York, NY.
This is one of several papers presented at a Federal Trade Commission Symposium on Media Concentration. A statement by the Authors Guild, it examines the merger-takeover trend in book publishing. The Authors Guild feels that the merger trend in book publishing has passed beyond the warning line drawn by the antimerger clause of the Clayton Act, Section 7; threatens competition in the literary market place and the survival of a structure composed of numerous independent publishing companies; threatens the individual author's bargaining power, income, and opportunities to be published; and endangers the uninhibited marketplace of ideas guaranteed by the First Amendment. The supplemental memorandum explores the proposed acquisition of the Book-of-the-Month-Club by the Time, Inc./Little, Brown publishing complex. It also contains a sample of statistical figures for the book club and mass paperback markets from recent statistical reports published by The Association of American Publishers. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Authors Guild, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Authors Guild; Clayton Act; Monopoly; Ownership
Note: Paper presented at the Federal Trade Commission Symposium on Media Concentration (Washington, D.C., December 14-15, 1978); For related documents, see CS 205 269-278