2012 Tackling the Unthinkable: Digitizing the Backlist

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How has the need for digital rights changed the shape of the book? Featuring speakers from presses that have undertaken varying processes to clear rights for older books, this session might help you answer some initial philosophical questions and then develop a plan to tackle (or finish) the job. Where do you start? Do you have ebook rights? How do you compensate authors? What about third-party permissions? Who is going to do this? How long will it take? How do you keep track of what you have checked, what you need to check, what you approved, what you rejected?

Chair: Laura Young Bost, Rights Manager, University of Texas Press

Panelists: Kathleen Kornell, Rights & Permissions/Award Manager, University of Illinois Press

Claire Lewis Evans, Rights & Permissions Coordinator, University of Alabama Press

"Digitizing the Backlist" Parts I & II, Laura Young Bost and Kathleen Kornell

"Digitizing the Backlist" Part III, Claire Lewis Evans

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