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Penguin Is Negotiating With Wylie Agency Over eBooks


After Random House reached an agreement with the Wylie Agency about its disputed Amazon exclusive eBook rights, Penguin is now negotiating with the literary agency about rights.

Earlier this week, Wylie removed 13 Random House titles from the agency and Amazon’s Odyssey Editions. GalleyCat reports: “While neither side would comment on the negotiations, the Wylie Agency built the fledgling eBook imprint, Odyssey Editions–bypassing traditional publishers to create digital books for classic titles. Last month, Penguin Group CEO John Makinson addressed the problem, noting: ‘I don’t think it’s a cosmic issue.’”

Bookseller has more: “Penguin refused to elaborate on its discussions with Wylie, but has two books – Saul Bellow’s Adventures of Augie March and William Burroughs’ Junky – for which it holds global rights in print, and one further title Brideshead Revisited, where it has UK and Commonwealth rights. A statement from the publisher read: ‘Penguin Group has had conversations with Andrew Wylie regarding the books in the Odyssey Editions program and those conversations are ongoing.’”

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