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Does an e-book edition mean that my book never goes out of print and rights don’t revert to me?

Q. Both my publishers are telling me that my books will never go out of print because electronic and print-on-demand editions will always be available. Is there any way to deal with these claims? A. You raise an important question. The subject is likely to remain a contentious one and will probably be resolved only…

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Are print-on-demand books considered print-on-paper or electronic editions?

Q. Are print-on-demand books considered print-on-paper or electronic editions? A. They are generally considered print-on-paper (“POP”) books, but there are arguments on both sides. Favoring their treatment as electronic editions: until the time of actual purchase, they exist only as an electronic file and not as a printed book. Favoring their treatment as print-on-paper editions:…

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Are e-books sold or licensed when bought online?

Q. My publisher wants to include this sentence in my new contract: ”Sales of e-books, whether by Publisher or by a licensee, shall be considered sales by Publisher for purposes of the royalty provisions of this Agreement.” It’s not in my earlier contract. Is it okay to include? A. While I am sympathetic to a…

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Can my publisher cheat me of my royalties by selling my book through its subsidiaries?

Q. Royalties on two textbooks I wrote are being watered down because my 1980s contracts didn’t anticipate sales of e-textbooks or rentals of my textbooks in regular and digital formats. More importantly, the contracts didn’t anticipate that my publisher would own or control the companies that handle its digital and rental copies. As a result,…

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Is there a standard definition of “electronic rights”?

Q. Is there a standard definition of “electronic rights”? A. No, not for “electronic rights” nor for the many different rights encompassed in that term. (Some contracts use “multimedia rights” instead of “electronic rights,” but there is no agreement on what that term means either.) Most electronic rights definitions used in publishers’ contracts are too…

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What kind of hyperlinks can my publisher insert in my e-book?

Q. I’m granting e-book rights, but not other electronic rights, to my publisher and I have been very specific in saying that the publisher can’t make any changes to the text or illustrations. The publisher is insisting on a clause that clearly states it has the right to insert hyperlinks, which makes sense to me…

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