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Agents as publishers--a new conflict of interest

May 17, 2011

Tags: agents, rights, POD publishing, e-books

In the UK, literary agent Ed Victor set up Bedford Square Books to publish e-book and print-on-demand versions of books that were out of print or for which rights had reverted to the author. Within days, this news (Ed Victor set up publishing imprint by Charlotte Williams, The Bookseller 5-10-11) became a trend and people in the industry began itemizing the ways in which a) it represents a major conflict of interest and b) publishing is changing radically. (more…)

eBooks basics for authors (part 3, trends and questions)

May 13, 2011

Tags: ebooks, trends, profits, revisions

Among the trends David Rothman predicted in his talk to the Washington Biography Group was a subscription series for eBooks that would work something like NetFlix. Those who will benefit most from such a development, says David, will be "small presses and more obscure writers, who will enjoy more exposure for their works — the same as indie film makers do on Netflix. Readers will be more inclined to try what they’re already paying for."

Other trends (more…)

EBook basics for authors (part 2: DRM, or copy protection)

May 13, 2011

Tags: ebooks, DRM, digital rights management, copy protection

Can authors self-publish eBooks from their own website?
Technically yes. In real life, says Josh Tallent, no. ePub is a great open-source format that several firms use. The problem is DRM (copy protection), for which the bookseller pays a sizable fee. So you can sell your own eBook from your website, but you can’t sell a locked-down copy-controlled version of your eBook.
This is part 1 of a 3-part report on a talk eBook experts Josh Tallent and David Rothman made to the Washington Biography Group, May 2, 2011.

Should you copy-protect your eBook? That depends. (more…)

With Bookish, Publishers Compete with Amazon for Direct Sales

May 10, 2011

Tags: e-books, bookish, book publishing

Three publishers (Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Hachette), frustrated that few book buyers visit their company sites, have created Bookish.com, hoping it will become a destination for readers the way Pitchfork.com is for music lovers and IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Netflix (more…)