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Publishers and authors analyse a term: Out-of-print
How long is a book out of stock? Changing the default contractual jargon at Simon & Schuster could actually amend the response to this issue, and the Author Guild, a trading group that says it is representing some 8,500 publishers, is pushing novelists and editors to expel the publisher from book auction.
When a book is out of stock, writers may ask their publisher for their copyrights so that the writer can try to republish the book elsewhere. Up until recently, this means that a book that was not available in at least one size - hardcover, retail bookback or bulk bookback - or when turnover dropped below an average of a yearly low, was considered out of stock.
However, with the emergence of techniques such as print-on-demand, publishing houses have been able to cut the number of backs they have in stock. In its new agreement, Simon & Schuster, which previously demanded that a book be sold a minimal number of books using print-on-demand printing to be considered as printed, has lifted this lower number.
This means that as long as a customer can order a book through a print-on-demand provider, this book is still considered printed, no matter how few issues it is sold. Mr. Aiken said that writers often ask to revoke the right to out-of-print works so that they can place them with new publishing houses and breathe new meaning into their work.
It quoted the example of Paula Fox, a writer who had six out-of-print books when Jonathan Franzen, the writer of "The Corrections", quoted her work in an article in Harpers Magazine. Mrs. Fox withdrew the right to her books, sold them to W. W. Norton and reanimated her careers.
Simon & Schuster spokesperson Adam Rothberg said the publisher acknowledges technical progress that makes it easy for the reader to order on-call. Grand Central Publishing publisher Jamie Raab said his agreements allow authors to revoke copyrights if license fees in any of the formats are below a certain limit.
Mr Rothberg said Simon & Schuster would keep talking to writers who wanted their copyrights back, regardless of changes in the Treaty languages. "We have always been willing to have the discussion with the agent and author when they have the feeling that they need to return a book to them, and they can give us a convincing argument that it should be so," he said.