Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?

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The digital transition is challenging the old model of territorial rights, as it is so many other areas of the traditional publishing business model.

Readers around the world can discover new books – especially eBooks – but they may not be able to purchase them because of where they live. This has created a new tension in the marketplace that has many calling for the eradication of the current territorial rights paradigm.

But is this really the best solution for readers and authors?

In this free Digital Book World WEBcast, “Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?“, Emily Williams (co-chair, BISG Rights Subcommittee and publishing consultant), Markus Hoffmann (Agent and Rights Director, Regal Literary) and Michael Tamblyn (VP Content, Sales & Merchandising, Kobo Inc.) will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for publishers, retailers, agents and authors:

  • Why territorial rights came to be bought and sold the way they are.
  • The differences between international markets and the barriers this creates for readers.
  • Is it possible or desirable to maintain borders in an online world?

This free, live WEBcast took place on Tuesday, March 2nd @ 1pm EST // 10am PST; DBW members can view the entire archived presentation, with audio, here.

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5 thoughts on “Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?

  1. Kate Eltham

    Hi DBW, is it possible to get a recording or transcript of this after the seminar? 1:00pm in New York is 4:00am (!!) over here.


  2. Tim Barrus

    As these conflicts and issues get resolved, it’s going to be interesting to see what the relationship of a vook (with video content created by a publisher to augment narrative versus a writer creating his/her own video content to augment narrative which will be a paradigm publishers will shove down our throats, already are) to Hollywood. Does ICM package film rights based on how well a vook on Ipad does. If the publisher is producing moving digital images what entree does he have to film rights. Ditto: if a miracle occurs and an author is ever (it does not look hopeful) allowed to produce his own digital video to augment narrative, what kind of access does a film production company have to those images. I have never published a book where the movie rights weren’t optioned. If I went ahead and produced video content to those books and put it on Ipad would Federal Court in Manhattan crack from the strain. I would film that, too. All the old paradigms are a wreck. Throwing contracts out the window seems almost clairvoyant. Stay tuned.

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