eBooks publishing model?
January 7, 2011 5:33 PM Subscribe
Publishing Industry aficionados: How does a copyrighted classic book become an eBook?
posted by Tell Me No Lies to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to understand the path that (for example) The Hobbit would take to becoming an eBook.
1) Who starts the process? Is it the copyright owner looking to make a few extra bucks? The publisher doing bulk deals? The eBook seller tracking down authors and making specific requests?
2) Who are the players? Obviously the author or their estate will be involved as will anyone who has purchased printing rights (but presumably not electronic publishing rights). Is there a clearinghouse in there somewhere -- a company that specializes in licensing and producing eBooks?
3) Is there any impetus to do something with old classics? After all it seems like another reprint might be a more profitable path...
I understand the whole process is currently hobbled by the usual DRM worries, but I would imagine that a basic business model has emerged. Can someone with a window into area this educate me?