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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....

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?

To view the full archived presentation, visit http://digitalbookworld.com

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    Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? Presentation Transcript

    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? Emily Williams Co-Chair, BISG Rights Subcommittee http://digitalbookworld.com/ Markus Hoffmann Agent and Rights Director, Regal Literary http://regal-literary.com/ Michael Tamblyn VP Content, Sales & Merchandising, Kobo Inc. http://kobobooks.com/
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?
      • Agenda
      • Introductions & Announcements Guy LeCharles Gonzalez Dir., Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World
      • Discussion Emily Williams Co-Chair, BISG Rights Subcommittee
      • Markus Hoffmann Agent and Rights Director, Regal Literary
      • Michael Tamblyn VP Content, Sales & Merchandising, Kobo Inc.
      • Q&A
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? “ [Paulo] Coelho, the author who holds the Guinness world record for translation into 67 languages in over 150 countries, whose book The Alchemist was a #1 bestseller in 74 countries (again according to Amazon’s press release), has also taught himself a great deal about how to use the internet to reach the greatest number of readers possible around the world — even when that means bypassing traditional book distribution channels.” The Myth of Amazon’s “Exclusive” E-books --Emily Williams http://publishingperspectives.com/?p=10839
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? The Open Market Scenario "If you want to simplify it, let the English rights be World, but have individual translation rights for each appropriate country." Larry Kirshbaum, Founder LJK Literary Management http://publishingperspectives.com/?p=10905
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? “ Hage has done it again. He has produced an amazingly original and brilliant novel that shows he is no one-hit wonder, but a major force in Canadian literature.” - Ottawa Citizen
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future? “ Splitting the rights sounds tasty, but that would push down the e-book price since that rights holder has no stake in the print version of the book. There are economic consequences to these decisions. Publishers aren’t objecting simply because they want the rights.” -- Simon Lipskar, Writer’s House
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?
    • Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?
      • “Please drop geographical restrictions. Its antiquated! I'm a legitimate customer, but being prevented from buying a book just because I'm not in an area makes me feel like a second-class customer.”
      • “US-based publishers need to recognize that the publishing world does not end at the border. If they wish to increase their sales, they need to increase the availability of formats available to other countries.”
      • “Bloody geographical restrictions! Isn't my non-US currency good enough??”
      Essentials of Digital Books from the Consumer’s Point of View Angela James, Carina Press; Jane Litte, Dear Author Media Network LLC; Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books LLC Presented at Tools of Change 2010, February 23, 2010 http:// bit.ly/cSwFPa
      • Conversation and Q&A
      • Speakers Markus Hoffmann Agent and Rights Director, Regal Literary
      • Michael Tamblyn VP Content, Sales & Merchandising, Kobo Inc.
      • Moderator Emily Williams Co-Chair, BISG Rights Subcommittee
      Book Rights: Headed for a Borderless Future?
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