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When Is a Book Out of Print?

When a publisher allows your book to go out of print, you have a right to have all rights revert back to you thanks to the “out of print” or “reversion of rights” clause in your contract. But what does it mean to be out of print? A clause in one academic press contract I reviewed as a National Writers Union book contract adviser attempted to define the term: “The Work will be considered to be ‘in print’ as long as copies are offered for sale through normal retail and wholesale channels by the Press or its licensee.” Normal Retail Channels A good beginning but it raised another question: What are “normal retail and wholesale channels”? The phrase used to refer to print copies in inventory in the warehouse. If […]

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