Greasing the Gears on Rights Deals

IPR License NetGalley global rights global publishingIf you’re a big publisher already, one way to pursue growth amid a sluggish ebook market is to get bigger.

That’s the approach HarperCollins has adopted (among others) in the roughly ten months since it acquired Harlequin.

Another is to ramp up on content licensing. As Tom Chalmers of IPR License sees it, revenue from those deals is no longer “bonus money; it is not only now core revenue but one place where the biggest opportunities for publishers lie.”

It’s on that premise that IPR License launches an integration with NetGalley, allowing its platform’s users to request digital review copies of titles in NetGalley’s offering.

It’s perhaps a modest feature, but both companies see it as a logical step toward facilitating transactions among their respective clients, in a market where interest in doing so is on the rise.


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