Territorial Rights in the Digital Age


The acquisition and sale of territorial rights has a long history in traditional book publishing. For decades, publishers have divided the world into territories characterized almost entirely by language. Now that digital books are gaining a foothold, many publishers are maintaining this approach to buying and selling rights.

Is this practice still relevant as digital content becomes available worldwide?

Join Brian O’Leary for this webinar exploring the ins and outs of selling territorial rights in markets open to e-book sales.

  • What are the downsides of territorial rights?
  • Do territorial rights as currently managed risk limiting sales?
  • Do territorial rights potentially alienate “early adopters” of digital content?
  • And much more

This webinar complements our guide Territorial Rights in the Digital Age.

A French-language version of this webinar is offered by Stéphane Labbé.

Your host

Brian O’Leary is the founder and principal of Magellan Media, a consulting firm that provides research, benchmarking and business planning services to help smaller and medium-sized publishers manage and grow their bottom-line. He has held senior management positions at Hammond World Atlas Corporation and Time Inc., where he oversaw production and distribution operations at several of its weekly magazines, including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. O’Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry and is the author of Livres Canada Books’ guides to territorial rights in the digital age and best practices in digital exports, as well as of studies on the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales, and on the use of XML in book publishing. He is the co-editor of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, a collection of essays on a wide range of developments occurring in the wake of the digital book revolution.

O’Leary holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to his consulting work, he is Adjunct Professor at NYU’s MS in Publishing program.

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