A Sagebrush Solution

April 2005
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association and Sagebrush Corporation recently met to resolve concerns and issues among publishers, authors, and rebinders regarding the practice of rebinding paperback books, agreeing on a collaborative arrangement that works to protect the publishers and authors while still meeting the needs of the educational marketplace.

Historically rebinders have assumed the right to rebind unless a publisher explicitly requested their paperback books not be rebound. In addition, it was required that a new ISBN be assigned to clearly designate the rebound books as a different format for circulation. This was a satisfactory arrangement as the resulting rebound books were sold almost exclusively into school libraries and did not create confusion in the larger book market.

However, with the advent of the Internet these titles which were intended for the school and library market, are available in the general book market, causing confusion as to who was the actual publisher of the work.

In an effort to avoid this confusion, Sagebrush has agreed to solicit a

Re-Binding License agreement from each publisher with whom they work, obtaining the publisher’s permission to rebind their titles or to allow the publisher to withhold that permission. There will also be provisions to allow rebinding for a publisher, but identify titles that should not be rebound for that publisher or to limit the channels for distribution of the result…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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