On May 31, 2007, representatives of the Association of Authors’ representatives (
They informed us that S&S is investing a lot of resources in its digital publishing initiative, and their expanded efforts in conventional and new technologies will enable them to supply books to consumers in a variety of formats, including Print on Demand, electronic books, digital downloadable audio, online page views, et. al. Their goal is to keep books in print more effectively and to market frontlist and backlist titles more vibrantly.
They have confirmed for us that they are agreeable to negotiating with agents a revenue-based threshold to determine the in-print status of a book.
Simon and Schuster's new position reflects substantial movement from their initial stance, but it raises many questions, including:
- whether revenues would be measured by income to the publisher or the author,
- what level of revenues would meet the threshold, and
- how unagented authors (particularly children's book authors) would fare under this policy.