Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

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Whatever role e-publishing is ultimately to assume in the publishing world, its emergence calls for the (re)evaluation of significant legal issues affecting the contractual relationship of authors and publishers. This Note identifies some of those issues, and where appropriate, suggests some tentative solutions. Part II of this Note sets e-publishing and the concerns it raises in context by providing a brief discussion of the traditional book publishing industry and the roles that publishing contracts and personal relationships play in that industry. Part III provides an introduction to the emerging world of e-publishing and e-books. Part IV discusses the legal issues that authors and publishers need to consider when entering into electronic or traditional publishing contracts in light of e-books and e-publishing.