Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has the latest news in the Julie of the Wolves case. The affair began when Open Road agreed to publish an electronic edition of Jean C. George’s book Julie of the Wolves. George, who has since passed away, and Open Road felt that the terms of George’s contract with HarperCollins […]
All publishers have had to deal with changes to their business due to the rise of digital book reading. At the recent Publiching Business Virtual Conference & Expo (a production of Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines), an expert panel convened to discuss strategies for publishers who need to beging transitioning their workflows to accomodate the myriad digital products the marketplace is demanding.
At the heart of the digital disruption the publishing industry has been pushing through for the last few years has been the very nature of content and how it is delivered to those who would consume it.
This is the reality we've all been living with, and there's no better embodiment than the news that digital publisher and multimedia content company Open Road is partnering with the BlogHer publishing network to produce "The BlogHer Voices of the Year: 2012," an ebook anthology of essays culled from blogs, as well as six thematic collections over the next year.
One of the concurrent conferences under the BookExpo America umbrella, the International Digital Publishing Forum's (idpf) Digital Book 2012 has, for the last two days, tackled the digital reading from a multitude of angles, and with specific emphasis on Business & Marketing, Technology & Production, and Education & Professional.
As we eagerly anticipate Book Business blogger extraordinaire and general man-on-the-scene Eugene G. Schwartz to weigh in with his detailed conference recap and analysis, we'll provide some quick takes from the two-day conference.
As sales of electronic books and readers skyrocket, the threat of piracy and other copyright issues loom. Publishers are test-driving different litigation strategies to fight illegal downloads. They are also arguing in court that author contracts, some decades old, give them the exclusive rights to publish e-books. In 2007, there were 147,000 e-reader sales, compared with an estimated 18.7 million in 2011 and a projected 23 million this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Association of American Publishers' data show that e-books' share of the so-called trade market, which includes fiction, nonfiction, and religious books for adults
Apropos of the HarperCollins v. Open Road lawsuit over the backlist e-book title Julie of the Wolves, legal blogger Passive Guy (aka contract lawyer David Vandagriff) has written a fairly lengthy post looking at the question of whether e-book rights are covered in pre-e-book contracts. Passive Guy writes: A fundamental legal question involved in construing [...]