So what happens if you opt your story to Kindle . . . ?

Suppose you decide to download your book on Kindle. Can you also put it on Barnes&Noble's new reader when it comes out? Are we going to see turf wars and proprietary clauses on published works between all the readers?

Does this scenario appear to be even remotely possible?

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Comment by B.R.Stateham on October 24, 2009 at 3:09pm
Ben I hear what you're saying, but so far I've seen no interest from any publisher for my books. (except for a couple of small presses brave enough to give me a try).
Comment by Donna Carrick on October 24, 2009 at 3:03pm
Had hoped to have the book made Kindle-ready, but have now been told that because I'm a Canadian it can't be done. In the near future I'll be taking the book to Sony.
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on October 24, 2009 at 1:14pm
Just be aware that if you do upload to Amazon for the Kindle, it'll "count" as previously published. So you'd blow a chance later on to go with a publisher (assuming you're doing this on your own).
Comment by I. J. Parker on October 24, 2009 at 8:09am
So far my publisher has handled e-sales and they seem to be to everyone. I have no idea if each has a contract and if each paid. Or how much. Generally, the e-publishers cannot bypass print publishers because the print contracts cover electronic rights. The publishers woke up to that necessity a few years ago.
Comment by John McFetridge on October 24, 2009 at 6:56am
On his blog this week JA Konrath wondered why these places weren't asking for some kind of exclusivity, why they aren't signing writers themselves and bypassing publishers completely.

Who knows.

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