Is An Ebook 'In Book Form'? Question Means Everything For Authors Trying To Get New Ebook Publishers
from the not-so-easy dept
Unfortunately for the publishers, they may not have much of a legal leg to stand on. As the article notes, there have already been lawsuits on this topic, and Random House repeatedly lost in its attempt to sue ebook publisher Rosetta Books a while ago. The court didn't find Random House's argument that the phrase "in book form" in its contracts covered ebooks as well. While that case was eventually settled, that only happened after Random House came out on the losing side in the earlier battles. Random House is among the publishers still claiming that "in book form" means ebooks as well, but it must be relying on the likelihood that some authors won't bother to look up those earlier rulings (or hire lawyers who are aware of them).