Originally Posted by starrigger
And you think any author (except maybe Rowling) can get a clause reverting rights if the publisher and one particular book distributor have a falling out? Not gonna happen. Perhaps your experience with RPG contracts gives you a misleading view of how book contracts work.
Then don't sign. You chose, and you have to deal with the consequences of your choice. Sure, that might rule out the major book companies, but they are not the only people to sign and distribute books: and shelf inches are not important for ebooks.
Macmillan's grab to control book pricing is a move straight from the Net Book Agreement. Tou're entirely entitled to claim your side and you've clearly done so. I won't buy your books, of course, which is my right.