Electronic Book Publishing Rights

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In today's world of e-books and online reprints, authors are concerned about retaining the electronic rights to their works. To protect their rights to publish, reproduce and sell such works, authors of e-publications must understand what electronic publishing rights are and why they are important.


Electronic publishing rights are control of work that has been taken from print to an electronic form, be it audio, online or other digital format.


Electronic publishing rights give the holder of those rights the power to decide how the text can be duplicated electronically. That person also controls the way in which the proceeds of the electronic rights are distributed. The rise of electronic readers, e-books and Internet reprinting has made digital texts more popular with readers and thus more profitable.


The holder of electronic publishing rights can set limits from the number of times that the work is downloaded to the text excerpts that can be reprinted. Publishers usually try to offer writers a small percentage of the proceeds from electronic publishing. However, more savvy writers are negotiating equal splits.


Electronic rights include downloaded materials, audiobooks, MP3 files, e-books, excerpts and reprints on various websites.


Some publishers try to argue that promoting a text online is a low-profit venture. However, web publishing is not only a low-cost operation; it also serves as a way to promote other books.


About the Author

Jonita Davis is freelance writer and marketing consultant. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "The LaPorte County Herald Argus" and Work.com. Davis also authored the book, "Michigan City Marinas," which covers the history of the Michigan City Port Authority. Davis holds a bachelor's degree in English from Purdue University.

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