There was an interesting article on BBC News Technology this past week that involved the author Ray Bradbury and his famous book, Fahrenheit 451, which has sold more than 10 million copies. His contract with his publisher was about to expire. His publisher was willing to sign a new contract, but only if Bradbury agreed to include the e-rights to his book.
Bradbury said no. He’d said no before when Yahoo wanted to put his books into eform. He, in fact, said: “Prick up your ears and go to hell.” Now his publisher was pressing him.
It came down to Bradbury sticking to his guns, but losing his contract because his publisher said no e-book rights then no contract. Or giving in, signing the new contract, and having his books become available on eReaders, adding to the spread of technology, something he does not like.
In the end, he chose contract over taking a stand.
That may sound like a cop-out, but what would you do?
4 months ago