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Graham Swift: eBooks 'could threaten literature'

18th August 2011

The future of literature could be threatened by the proliferation of eBook use, according to former Man Booker Prize winner Graham Swift.

The author has claimed that digital reading formats could hamper the emergence of aspiring writers because they are being paid too little when their works are converted into the format.

According to the 62-year-old, who won the Man Booker Prize for Last Orders in 1996, eBooks make no difference to the enjoyment of the reader but could have a significant impact on the number of authors coming through.

'Some potential writers will see that they can't make a living, they will give up and the world would be poorer for the books they might have written, so in that way it is quite a serious prospect,' he claimed.

However, Pat Cadigan, twice winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award, recently claimed that eBooks could act as a saviour for many authors.

According to the writer, the eBook will 'save many wonderful books from being lost', rather than being the death of the printed novel.

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