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Less than pleased with their digital royalties, authors like Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Martin Amis, are bypassing publishers and using Amazon to sell e-books straight to readers. The creation of literary agent Andrew "The Jackal" Wylie, Odyssey Editions launched yesterday selling modern classics from Wylie’s A-list clients. While an agent essentially acting as a publisher is odd, Amazon offers a royal rate of 70% while publishers are trying to keep current ebook royalties at 25%.

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