Over the past two years, publishers have been aggressive in their pursuits to remove overseas editions of textbooks from the U.S. market, and with good reason: sales of these editions cut into sales that the domestic copyright holder (the publisher) would otherwise make. Publishers have been successful in getting wholesalers to stop participating in the trade, but this new ruling could have far-reaching arms as it would embolden publishers to clamp down on marketplaces such as AbeBooks and Alibris and force them to regulate individual sellers’ listings that violate the new law. Only time will tell how this plays out.
In other interesting news, it seems the breakup between Follett and BookRenter is not as amicable as it seemed back when the first announcement of the split was made at CAMEX . In recent legal news, it seems that while Follett has moved forward with its own solution, BookRenter doesn’t want to just give up all those relationships without a bit of a fight. Since I haven’t seen any of the legal contracts, I won’t speculate, but Follett has been known to protect itself when it comes to legal battles so I wonder of BookRenter is really ready for a fight or just trying to delay the inevitable.