Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time. Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing. While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading
Tools of Change – Ebook Contracts – Feb. 22 – 3:30 – 5:00
Cali Bush, O’Reilly Media – Cali is a non lawyer from the O’Reilly legal department.
Cali provided a perspective on eBook contracts from both the publisher and distributor side in 5 segments of her presentation. While this was publisher/distributor specific, the terms and gotchas and gimmes are important for libraries to think about when reading their own contracts with publishers, aggregators, or distributors. Cali referred to downstream rights where the rights going from authors to publishers to distributors decreases with each step. This is an interesting thing to think about. She didn’t include libraries or end users in her chart, however, but I would imagine they are even further downstream. Continue reading