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Nina L from Oregon is reading a list that changes too fast to keep updating... January 31, 2013 - 2:24pm

Hi all.

I am in a writer's group in which one member sends all documents to his personal Kindle account so he can read on his device rather than printing. I haven't been concerned overly much with in-process works. However, I am now sending completed works, and I want to make sure my First Publications Rights are not in possible violation with the ereader practice. Any ideas out there?

Thanks much for any comments.

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson January 31, 2013 - 2:47pm

As long as it's private, I don't see why it would. If it's public, though, it could constitute publication. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig January 31, 2013 - 7:11pm

I don't see how this is different than emailing them in the first place. As long as they aren't viewable by the general public I am sure you are fine. I change PDFs over to iBooks and Kindle all the time so I can read from my iPad. I would guess it's a fairly common thing given that Kindle and iBooks both recognize ePubs, PDFs, etc.

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MandyHubbard from Enumclaw is reading PUSHING THE LIMITS February 1, 2013 - 8:47am

No, you're not actually publishing them, no more than you are when you email a doc and/or view it on your computer. It's a personal device.


FYI, first publishing rights, for the most part, went the way of the dinosaur. There are occasional periodicals/magazines/etc that require that you've never published it, but in this day and age, it's mostly a non-issue. You can put excerpts and such on your blog (which does constitute "publishing") and it won't effect your ability to publish a novel.

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Nina L from Oregon is reading a list that changes too fast to keep updating... February 1, 2013 - 9:40am

Hi all.

Thanks for the feedback. I like the practice of reviewing docs on my ereader. But now that I'm on the 3rd complete redraft of a 70+K word novel, I don't want to blow it.

And Mandy, thanks for the extra info on 1st pub rights. It's such a gray area for me, and changing as quickly (it seems) as media changes.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 2, 2013 - 7:45am

Do you have a publisher and/or agent lined up?