LETTER:Charitable charade of academia

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From Ms Bronwen Cunningham

Sir: As well as scrapping the Net Book Agreement, my publishers have also scrapped another tiresome agreement - the Pay Authors What We Owe agreement. The latest royalties account from my publishers, pounds 7.24 on 50 copies sold in Australia, is marked "too small to pay". Not too small to receive, I assure you. Is this common practice?

Yours sincerely,

Bronwen Cunningham

Petworth, West Sussex

1 October