Interacting with Print member Marie-Claude Felton’s new book, “Maîtres de leurs ouvrages: l’édition à compte d’auteur à Paris au XVIIIe siècle,” is now available from Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. Until the 18th Century, libraries enjoyed an unfair monopoly over the book scene in Paris. The tide turned in 1777 when authors finally acquired the right to edit and sell their own works. Dr Felton has explored in depth the emergence of the modern author and shows how writers fiercely guarded the rights to and outcomes from their works. She reveals how author-editors, sensitive to the material quality of books printed at their own cost, ensured distribution as much by way of by home sales as by advertising.