Sunday, October 17, 2010

Out-of-print Books Reappear as e-Books

Another valuable advantage recently was demonstrated when Natalie Roberts, replublished her out-of-print book on Kindle.

October 16, 2010, Natalie wrote,

"I'm excited to announce that I have one new book, and two other books now available in Kindle!

"Sister Wife, which has been out of print for quite some time, is now available on Amazon. Twisted Sister, the sequel to Sister Wife, is also there in Kindle format. There is also a hardback version, for those who don't want an electronic read. And The Fourth World, a brand new book from me, is available as well, on Kindle. And the bestselling Wives and Sisters is also available in Kindle format."

Roberts is giving away two free Kindles, with two ways to win
  1. Become a fan on her Facebook page (and stay there until the contest is over)
  2. Buy SisterWife, Twisted Sister, or The Fourth World, and review them on Amazon. Send her a copy of the review for proof to be entered to win.


Katherine Kay said...

Thank you for the helpful e-book info & links, Mona. I like the idea of selling an ebook I write/edit on my own website or blog and using Clickbank. Amazon Kindle, Microsoft reader, MobiPocket etc offer more distribution and exposure. Do you think publishing on those formats limits our copyright or rights to publish anywhere else?

* * * * * * * * * * Mona * * Leeson Vanek said...

Thanks for the question, Katherine Kay. Clive Warner,, explained that if a book is published on Kindle (or a similar digital only format) the author's copyrights and right to reprint elsewhere can be affected. He explained, "It's more complicated because EBooks can be apps - and a programming team has to make the app. Increasingly, the writer may be only one part of a team making a 'product'."

Katherine Kay said...

Thanks, Mona. I understand about the apps -- if an ebook author decided to publish across multiple modalities. And I think this may be a question in a lot of ebook writers' minds. But an expert author is still an expert author. An author sells an ebook online at Clickbank or their own website -- they own their author rights. An author can self-publish and sell there print book on Amazon. They can also sell that same book on Kindle in digital form. They must still have copyright to the book, of course. So a book only sold digitally on Kindle ..... Online does complicate. But the artist, writer is still the creator. No one can take that away. And the artist's name will always be associated with it -- like music downloads online. ... Anyway, I too want to know more. Thanks!

Katherine Kay said...

More on this: "Copyright law protects original works, whether published or unpublished, that have been fixed in a tangible medium of expression." -- hope I'm not abusing copyright laws. That's a statement in a 2010 book by Yahoo! "The Yahoo! Style Guide".... They go on to say that "digital media 'can be' considered 'tangible,'so even if a work exists only online, it 'may' still be protected by copyright." I added the single quotes (except around tangible)for emphasis.