One of the world’s most powerful literary agents has compared Amazon to Isis, calling the e-book retailer ‘sort of an Isis-like distribution channel’.

Mr Wylie, whose formidable roster includes Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis, made the remarks while giving a speech at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Canada this week.

And in a Q&A following his presentation, Mr Wylie took aim at Amazon and its boss Jeff Bezos, who he accused of ‘distorting the business radically’ through ‘brutal’ tactics when negotiating royalties.

‘I believe with the restored health of the publishing industry and having some sense of where this sort of Isis-like distribution channel, Amazon, is going to be buried and in which plot of sand they will be stuck, [publishers] will be able to raise the author’s digital royalty to 40% or 50%,’ he said.

‘Writers will begin to make enough money to live.’

This is not the first time the agent has locked horns with the online retail giant.

Mr Wylie has previously advised publishers like Penguin Random House to narrow their distribution channels and sell directly to consumers rather than through Amazon, and has repeatedly called for publishers and authors to form a united front so they have leverage over the distributor.

source: metro UK