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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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What should I watch out for in the “competitive books” clause?

Q. Is there anything I have to be particularly careful about in the “competitive books” clause? A. Yes. Lots. The most important is to make sure that the prohibition on competitive works applies only to competitive books. Otherwise, your publisher might be able to prohibit you from publishing certain magazine articles and very likely could…

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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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