SURVEY: Which Rights Deal Do You Opt for Most Often?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

World rights, English-only world rights, territorial rights, language-specific rights?

By Edward Nawotka

“As the world becomes more and more a global marketplace, there will be fewer barriers to exploiting rights around the world,” says David Steinberger, president and publisher of Perseus Book Group. Increasingly, he notes, this means that means pursuing world rights for titles as a way of eliminating any questions raised by the borderless, frictionless nature of digital distribution. More and more, you’re aksi seeing publishers start with world rights and then sell off those for specific languages — rather then a geographic territory.

Steinberger calls this “more an evolution, than a revolution.” Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.