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Writer McEwan raps Amazon on taxes

Published 01/09/2014 | 12:13

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File photo dated 04/09/07 of author Ian McEwan, who has been shortlisted for a comic fiction award celebrating the spirit of PG Wodehouse - where the prize includes a pig being named after the winning book. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 27, 2010. The best-selling author, whose works include Atonement and Enduring Love which have been turned into films and the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam, is in the running for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. It is the first time McEwan, who is up for his climate change novel Solar, has made the shortlist. See PA story ARTS Comic. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Ian McEwan: criticises Amazon

Internet bookseller Amazon has come under fire from Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan, who said the company should "pay its taxes like the rest of us".

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McEwan said he is concerned at the "preponderance" of the US-based giant in the book market and he would like to see "three or four Amazons" to prevent the harmful effects of monopoly provision.

But the author, whose latest novel The Children Act is released this week, admitted that he uses Amazon himself, describing it as being "like some delicious drug" he cannot resist.

McEwan told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I do worry about the preponderance of Amazon, and many publishers have been in direct conflict with it.

"Giant monopolies are never good for any enterprise and of course I would like it to be paying its taxes like the rest of us."

But asked if he personally boycotts the website, he admitted: "The trouble is it is like some delicious drug - you can't really resist it.

"I have forsworn it many times, but then I want a book the next morning, so I am like everyone else

"I would just like there to be three or four Amazons, that's what I would like."

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