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What is a publishing right?

A publishing right is an important term in the context of publishing literary works, including eBooks. It refers to the legal agreement between the author and the publisher that gives the publisher the right to publish, distribute and market the work. It defines assigned and retained rights.

The publishing right typically includes:

  • Publishing right: The right to publish in print or digital form.
  • Distribution right: The right to distribute and sell through various channels.
  • Translation right: The right to translate and license to foreign publishers.
  • Multi-format rights: Includes audio book, film or merchandising rights.
  • Exclusive right: The author's decision to publish exclusively or for multiple publishers.

Authors should check publishing rights carefully before signing contracts as they may retain some rights. When publishing on, authors must ensure that they have the necessary publishing rights.
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