Authors get option to take their 35-year-old books back this Jan

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4 Responses to “Authors get option to take their 35-year-old books back this Jan”

  1. Stefan Jones says:

    I know of two authors who would consider this VERY good news . . . but they’ll have to wait until 2017 to exercise their rights.

  2. dragonfrog says:

    It took me a moment to understand this – I was thinking it would be something about extremely overdue library materials.

  3. usuallyconfused says:

    I laughed at the choice of “Wifey” for the book cover to accompany this bit.  This book was released my freshman year of high school and was covertly passed around from kid to kid under threat of becoming “persona-non-Grata” to the entire student body should one lose the book or get caught with it by the authorities. 

  4. StaceyV says:

    When a bestselling author negotiates a contract for a new book, some provision is almost always made in the contract for their backlist titles,if they are of any value. Just because a book was first published in 1978, does not mean that there is not a more recent contract regarding its copyright. Furthermore, since Amazon is less than half of the retail market and signing an exclusive with them will mean effectively no print copies of those titles in bookstores, it would not be in the financial best interest of those authors to limit the sales of successful backlist titles in that way, even if Amazon were willing to pay a lot for them, which seems unlikely. 

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