Saturday, May 19, 2007

RIGHTS GRAB BY SIMON AND SCHUSTER...

A furore has erupted over the new trade contract from Simon and Schuster, a New York publishing conglomerate.

S&S has changed its standard contract language in an attempt to retain exclusive control of books even after they have gone out of print. Until now, S&S, like all other major trade publishers, has followed the traditional practice in which rights to a work revert to the author if the book falls out of print or if its sales are low....

For more about this issue and reaction to it, please visit:
www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6444532.html
www.nytimes.com/2007/05/18/books/18books.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BOOKS_IN_PRINT_FOREVER_GENT-?SITE=WIFON&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT