Notes of a Binge Thinker

Thoughts from NTLP's Executive Director

Legal Battles Over E-Book Rights to Older Books

This article does a fantastic job of illustrating how much further we have to go before all is worked out in the publishing industry.  Who owns the rights to ebooks, the publisher or the author?  Where do libraries stand in all of this? Inquiring minds want to know….

Backlist titles, which continue to be reprinted long after their initial release, are crucial to publishing houses because of their promise of lucrative revenue year after year. But authors and agents are particularly concerned that traditional publishers are not offering sufficient royalties on e-book editions, which they point out are cheaper for publishers to produce. Some are considering taking their digital rights elsewhere, which could deal a financial blow to the hobbled publishing industry.


Written by amwlkaw

December 16, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Posted in Misc

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