E-book Industry players seek effective business models
Also at the event were representatives from Everybook, which has a forthcoming reading device; Librius, which had been planning to introduce one, but has shifted gears and is working on creating a server-based brokering and library service; and distribution and/or copy protection specialists Glassbook, Infinite Ink and Softlock.
Publishing is publishing
Those looking for avenues to profitability through publication of out-of-print books should remember that one thing technology will not change is that finding out who controls the rights to a book and securing rights to publish it can "often be as complicated as untangling a cluster of paper clips and just as tedious" but "you cannot publish a book until you do it," said Richard Curtis, president, E-Rights/E-Reads. Curtis is a literary agent who also helps authors ascertain the in-print or out-of-print status of their books and recover rights when appropriate. E-Rights also does scanning, encryption and conversion to electronic formats.
However, e-books will make it easier for authors to publish without the backing of major publishing houses, Curtis pointed out. "You who produce those batteries that will run my e-book for 100 hours, or a screen as bright as while paper in sunlight--the implications of your work are indeed utterly revolutionary."