Really interesting article in Electronic Frontier Foundation site. The article talks about various rights issues that the user should think about before buying a digital books.
Some of the issues covered by author
Does it (your e-book reader/service/tool, etc.) protect your privacy?
Does it tell you what it is doing?
What happens to additions you make to books you buy, like annotations, highlights, commentary?
Do you own the book or just rent or license it?
Author points out the fact that when you buy these e-books you most of the time are just buying the license to the book
Many readers expect that the same rules will apply to their e-book purchases. However, electronic books have often been treated as “licensed” content, subject to legal and technical restrictions (primarily, DRM) that block readers’ ability to resell, lend, or gift an e-book. More ominously, last year Kindle readers realized that their provider (Amazon) could actually reach down into their devices and pull books from their virtual shelves
Is it burdened with digital rights management (“DRM”)?
Does it promote access to knowledge?
Does it foster or inhibit competition and innovation?
Complete article here
In a dramatic turn of events Stephen R. Covey author of the famous personal improvement book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” has given the rights of e-books to Amazon (through Rosetta Stone). The publishing rights are still will S&S. This book itself sold 136K book this year so far (Nielsen BookScan).
The new arrangement between Amazon, Rosetta stone and the author would help the authors to make money. Rossettastone apparently will pay the author 50% of what it earns from Amazon.
This is definitely going to make the already bitter war between author and publishers get even worse.Authors feel that they should get a bigger share of profit from the sale of e-books since the cost of publishing and distributing e-books is way less than the p-books.
Full story NY Times