Stephen King Testifies for Government in Book Merger Trial | Nation & World News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Renowned author Stephen King will take the stand at a federal antitrust trial in Washington, D.C.

King will testify before the Justice Department on Tuesday as it seeks to block the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest publishers, #1 US publisher Penguin Random House and #4 Simon & Schuster.

King has expressed his displeasure with the deal, even though it will likely benefit: the author has been published by Simon & Schuster for years.

But King fears the merger would harm smaller companies. Some of King’s own former publishers were taken over by larger ones.

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