Originally Posted by Xanthe
If publishers had any sense, they would start rolling out ebooks of OOP authors and the entire back catalogs of the still-publishing ones. And if they were really smart, they'd do all of the conversions in-house so that they could control the quality.
For book fans this would be great of course. Depending on how OOP the authors/books are the publisher are unlikely to have the rights as they would have reverted to the author or his/her estate. Back catalogs of course make sense (however a lot of early books in long running series reside with authors), but it's got to be a tough balance of what to put out and how quickly vs how many copies are likely to sell. A book that might only sell a few thousand copies over a few years isn't going to earn back anything very quickly. Some of this is likely why many back list conversions are farmed out to overseas companies and seem to have had little to no proofreading done, although in my experience that seems to have gotten better.