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In the Recording Studio with Roy Blount, Jr.

When I got to the recording studio just off Times Square where Roy Blount, Jr. was recording an abridged audiobook edition of his forthcoming Alphabet Juice (due in October from FSG and Macmillan Audio) yesterday afternoon, he’d just finished up lunch and had already gone back into the soundproof booth. His publicist explained that he’d just wrapped up one interview, and they still had a day-and-a-half’s worth of material to record, so a chat wasn’t in the cards, but they did let me bring out my digital video camera while he went over the book’s opening pages, which explain why pigs go “oink,” except when they don’t…

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Controversy Over Changes to S&S’s Boilerplate

Simon & Schuster recently altered its boilerplate contract to extend their copyright control of an author’s work “in perpetuity” and the Authors Guild is steaming mad about it. In an alert issued yesterday, the Guild recommended that author considering excluding the house from auctions until they agree not to impose the new conditions: “The new contract would allow Simon & Schuster to consider a book in print, and under its exclusive control, so long as it’s available in any form, including through its own in-house database — even if no copies are available to be ordered by traditional bookstores. With the new contract language, the publisher would be able stop printing a book and prevent the author from publishing it with any other house.”

Added president Roy Blount Jr., “A publisher is meant to publish, to get out there and sell our books. A publishing house is not supposed to be a place where our books are permanently squirreled away.” It’s a sentiment that Jane Litte at Dearauthor.com wholeheartedly agrees with. “The publisher is signaling that it will no longer include minimum sales requirements for a work to be considered in print. Simon & Schuster is apparently seeking nothing less than an exclusive grant of rights in perpetuity. Effectively, the publisher would co-own your copyright.”

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