Can they [the government] be awakened by publishers to this concern before dramatic cases affecting public awareness and policy are documented?
This echoes what others have said, most notably James Patterson. They want the government to step in and save the publishing industry as we know it. What exactly it is that they want the government to do is never stated. Make some kind of anti-Amazon law—yes, but what form that would take or what it would do is uncertain. Limit e-book sales to some percent of print book sales? Break up Amazon as they did a century ago with Rockefeller’s Standard Oil? Or something else like that.
- Fail to embrace and use new technologies; and
- Writers, including big name writers, abandoning them in droves.