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Angela Bole, January/February 2021
Director’s Desk: Congrats on the Passage of the CASE Act »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — What to know now that Congress passed the CASE Act. Last year was difficult for many, but we ended 2020 with some very good news to share. On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed the CASE Act as part of the end-of-year omnibus and …

MJ Courchesne, January/February 2021
What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Copyrighted Content »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRAURY 2021 by MJ Courchesne, Founder & President, Gryphon Publishing Consulting — Infringement and piracy will not go away, so it is important for you to learn what you can do if you find your work available online illegally. Infringement and piracy remain big issues for publishers. A 2017 report from Nielsen Digimarc estimated …

Abe Ogden, January/February 2021
Renewable Resource: How to Repurpose Book Content and Increase Sales »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — The six R’s of squeezing the most out of every piece of content you publish. Synopsis: Digital has opened up a number of new, low-cost opportunities for repackaging. Repurposing is the process of taking content from one source and creating a new …

Mike Mansel, July/August 2020
What’s the Deal With Publishers Liability Insurance? »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 answers by Mike Mansel, MA, Certified Insurance Counselor, Aegis Insurance Markets — Certified insurance counselor, Mike Mansel, breaks down all you need to know before buying publishers liability insurance. What are some of the missteps publishers take when buying publishers liability insurance? The biggest mistake is for publishers to go to a …

Jonathan Kirsch, July/August 2020
Publishing Law in the Time of COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — Below are the most demanding legal issues that have arisen during the pandemic. Each day of the global pandemic has presented the publishing industry with challenges. Many of them can be seen as opportunities to improve the way publishers do business as …

Lee Klancher, May/June 2020
The Curious Incident of the Red Tractor Rental in the Nighttime »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Lee Klancher, Founder & Publisher, Octane Press — As founder and publisher of Octane Press, I’d never seen a trade book offered for rent until I saw one of our own books on Amazon. Late on the last Sunday evening in January 2020, I was happily exploring the features of my …

Brian O’Leary, May/June 2020
Making Book Rights, Right »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Brian O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) — The rights business is complex, but BISG makes it easier to understand by creating a standard way to talk about rights. At its core, book publishing is a rights business. Manufacturing, distribution, and retail and library sales are all critical parts …

Jonathan Kirsch, January/February 2020
What New California Labor Laws Might Mean for Publishers »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — California has always been a trendsetter, not only in lifestyle and pop culture but also in law and regulation. And because California represents an important market for publishers across the country, California law has a long reach. That’s why two new developments …

Angela Bole, March/April 2019
Director’s Desk: Understanding IBPA’s Position on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Why we signed an appeal against the new software system that takes advantage of authors. On Feb. 13, 2019, IBPA joined 37 other book industry associations on an open appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). View …

Leonard DuBoff, Amanda-Ann Bryan, March/April 2019
What Publishers Need To Know About Copyright Notices »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Leonard D. DuBoff and Amanda-Ann Bryan, Lawyers/Authors — Two lawyers navigate the lay of the land for book copyright notices. Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from the book The Law (in Plain English) for Publishers. Works published under the 1909 Copyright Act had to contain the proper notice in …

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