8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 31, 2011 1:16 PM by Tess75

    Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?

      Just curious.  I am a big fan of Octavia Butler (sci-fi in general) and she only has two books in ebook format (maybe 3.)

       

      I want to write the publisher to request that her older books be made available in e-pub format, but I have this feeling that I will get some generic response.

       

      Has anyone had a publisher truly respond to their request??

        • Re: Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?
          Doug_Pardee

          You can certainly try.

           

          There's a good chance, however, that there's a legal hiccup because Ms. Butler passed away five years ago, and might not have had a will that specified who was to receive control of her copyrights. These darned authors who don't marry and have kids like ordinary people... :smileytongue: ... Anyway, if the publishing contract for a particular title has expired or didn't include digital rights, the publisher might not have the authority to produce e-books of that work.

           

          Added: the Octavia Butler web page at sfwa.org gives an email address for her agent. That would probably be the most profitable place to start.

           

          • Re: Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?

            The papers of Octavia Butler are in the Huntington Libraryhttp://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=544&linkidentifier=id&itemid=544 in San Marino, Calif.  The archivist at the library may be able to steer you in the right direction of who owns the publishing rights of her works.

            • Re: Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?
              bklvr896

               


              j030977 wrote:

              Just curious.  I am a big fan of Octavia Butler (sci-fi in general) and she only has two books in ebook format (maybe 3.)

               

              I want to write the publisher to request that her older books be made available in e-pub format, but I have this feeling that I will get some generic response.

               

              Has anyone had a publisher truly respond to their request??


               

              I did.  It took at least 4 months from my initial contact to the book showing up on the B&N site, but I did get response from a person.  In fact, I kept the email and replied back to it after a while to see the status of the request.

               

              But, I'm pretty sure responses are few and far between from the larger publishers.

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                I contacted Anne Perry to inform her of the multiple number of errors in her books one month ago. Absolutely no response. I realize authors are extremely busy (maybe), but if I was an author I would be extremely upset over the lackadaisical attitude shown by publishers in the eBook world.

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                    RHWright

                     


                    j_collins wrote:

                    I contacted Anne Perry to inform her of the multiple number of errors in her books one month ago. Absolutely no response. I realize authors are extremely busy (maybe), but if I was an author I would be extremely upset over the lackadaisical attitude shown by publishers in the eBook world.


                     

                    You don't mention how you "contacted" the author. If it was through the public contact e-mail on her official website, chances are this is infrequently monitored and done by someone besides the author.

                     

                    The best route may be to contact her agent (info also on her website) or the publisher directly.

                     

                    Even then, a simple reportage of errors in the particular eBooks may not solicit even a rote response. They may see your feedback as a simple FYI that does not require a reply.

                     

                    Authors should be concerned, but generally they have more on their plates, like, oh...writing.

                  • Re: Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?
                    sharno22

                    No success with contacting publishers.  They don't even email me back with a generic response and the author's I'm writing about are all alive.

                    • Re: Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?

                      I have.  I received a response from the Prometheus when I requested they make The Greyfriar available in ebook format.  I sent them a comment through their website in addition to clicking the link available on the BN site.  

                       

                      Not only did I receive a response, but it was from an actual live person and not an automated response.

                      • Re: Has Anyone Successfully Gotten a Publisher to Respond to eBook Requests?
                        Same here! I even went as far as to call B&N Customer Service Representative about an author. She had her first two books posted on Ebook. Which of course realer me into wanting to purchase the third book of her series, and of course she has a fourth book that will be in stores soon. He basically told me he couldn't do anything. I said that I was referred to you because you can contact the author and see if she'll release publication rights to B&N Ebook to publish the rest of her series. I mean she already release the first two. Why not the third? It makes no sense to me. I'm just a B&N Nook customer. It's not like I have the authority that they do. I don't want to go to B&N and purchase the book when I already have two on my Nook. That's the whole point of me buying the Nook in the first place. Yet lately I've been running into this sort of problem a few times now. Where an author will have partial series, "sometimes missing #1 or #3". The other thing I've noticed is all the promoting of the "Lend Me Books". Yet they to if it's a series will only have a few. How do you find people to put in your Lend Me Contact List? The only people I know are my mom and sister and half the stuff I read their not interested! Don't get me wrong I love my Nook! I have problems with my hands that was getting to a point that I could know longer hold a book to read. My Nook has given my books back to me since I just prop it up and swipe to turn the page. So I'm not badmouthing the Nook. I just don't understand when they tell us to do one thing and then when you do they tell you something else. So Please anyone HELP! In serious need of complete series to download or don't put them on it's just a teaser, and more lend me books along with people to get in touch with that read the same kind of book.