Kassia Krozser of Booksquare examines Terry Goodkind’s ebook deal with Rosetta Books. Goodkind owned his ebook rights and instead of going e with Tor, his print publisher and one that doesn’t have an ebook presence, Goodkind went to Rosetta Books because Rosetta offered better terms. Obviously Goodkind is in a better position than many authors to negotiate his rights separately but wouldn’t it make sense to sell your ebook rights to say, Samhain, and get 35% of the e royalties?
What was even more interesting, though, is that Krozser showed how dangerous it is for authors who do not have an ebook version of their books. The refusal of an author to be in eformat doesn’t stop the eformats from being readily available.