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Authors, Self-publishing and eBooks: Promises and Pitfalls

Wednesday 26 March 2014

1 Hour


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Presented by Blake Lapthorn, lawyers to the festival

The UK publishing industry is being transformed by eBooks.  Authors now have a choice to publish through a traditional publisher or self-publish via a range of channels.  This workshop will explore the legal issues facing authors wanting to publish eBooks, from the creation of their works onwards, with practical advice on what to look out for in publishing contracts, how to avoid expensive libel law suits, what steps to take to protect and preserve your copyrights and other intellectual property assets, and how to ensure you get the royalties you are entitled to.  The focus will be on digital publishing, whether you have an existing publisher or want to self-publish. The workshop will be led by partner Simon Stokes, of Blake Lapthorn’s publishing team.

Stokes is a publishing partner with Blake Lapthorn and has been advising authors and publishers for over 20 years. He is the author of several books including Digital Copyright Law & Practice (4th edition 2014). The UK legal directories recommend him for his expertise in copyright, technology and publishing law.  Simon is also a trustee of charitable publisher SPCK, one of the UK’s oldest publishers, founded in 1698.

Sponsored by Blake Lapthorn, lawyers to the festival