WASHINGTON (AP) — Best-selling author Stephen King cautiously took the witness stand Tuesday in a federal antitrust lawsuit. Tracing his own history, he portrayed a publishing industry that has become increasingly focused over the years while richly rewarding its creative efforts.
“My name is Stephen King. I’m a freelance writer,” King said as he began his testimony as a witness for the US Department of Justice. The government is trying to convince a federal judge that the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and its rival Simon & Schuster, two of the world’s largest publishers, would hinder competition and hurt the careers of some of the most popular authors.