The Authors Guild BackinPrint.com Program


Backinprint.com Reprints Out-of-Print Titles by Guild Members

The Guildís Backinprint.com service makes out-of-print works available through online bookstores and the nationís largest book wholesaler. There is no charge for members to participate, for most titles


The Service. Print-on-demand publisher iUniverse prepares a digital file from physical copies of the original edition. This digital file is accessed by printers that can produce a number of books corresponding to those ordered. Online bookstores maintain current reporting of Backinprint titles through Ingramís online catalog, to which iUniverse issues regular inventory updates. Traditional bookstores consult Ingramís catalog when making special orders.

The Books. Backinprint.com produces quality trade paperbacks, with original cover designs and perfect bindings. Among the first editions made available were works by Thornton Wilder, Lawrence Block, William F. Buckley, Jr., Victor Navasky, Mary McCarthy, and theater critic Stuart Little. Since the programís inception members have reprinted more than 1,000 titles, including resource guides, academic books, cookbooks, and books of regional interest, which have garnered steady sales. iUniverse provides new ISBNs for these books, which sell for about $10 to $20.

Availability. The books are available to readers at Backinprint.com and iUniverse.com as well as at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and every other Internet bookstore.

Royalties. iUniverse pays authors a royalty of 20% of net receipts for On-Demand Books (roughly equivalent to a royalty of 15% of the list price).

Rights. Authors grant print rights to iUniverse. Should a traditional publisher wish to reprint a Backinprint.com book (or for any other reason), authors may retrieve their publication rights on 30 daysí notice. iUniverse will have the non-exclusive right to sell a book for 10 months after that 30-day period.

Eligibility. Only books that have been previously published by an established U.S. publishing house (no vanity presses) are eligible. Authors must have a reversion of rights for a title to be eligible for the service. The service is available only to Authors Guild members.

Cost to Authors. Free in most cases.

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