why shouldn't the authors have rights to sell electronic versions of their titles to other publishers if that isn't specificied in their contracts? imo rh should have contacted authors with pre-ebook contracts and offered the same royalties for ebooks as for pbooks, and maybe the authors wouldn't have gotten upset.
of course, this is one of those arguments. the books are all long ago edited, covers are long since done - so why shouldn't those authors have gotten an extra 1% since those things won't need to be paid for?
Originally Posted by Kali Yuga
RH is not planning to deprive writers of their royalties; rather, they are trying to prevent authors from taking the ebook rights to backlist titles to different publishers. If the contract does end up granting RH rights, they have to abide by the royalty agreements of the contract.
RH is no more "greedy" than a writer (or a writer's estate) who tries to establish who actually gets the ebook rights. If the contracts are unclear, they are unclear, and either the parties will settle or the courts will make the determination.