About Kim Pawlak

Kim Pawlak is Director of Publishing & Operations for the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). She has been writing about the textbook and academic authoring and publishing industry for 20 years.

Cengage says authors cannot opt out of Cengage Unlimited

textbook opt outIn a recent post on the Cengage blog, Erin Joyner, the company’s senior vice president of product, said that authors cannot opt out of Cengage Unlimited. However, industry experts say Cengage cannot make this sweeping statement.

“The large majority of publishing agreements do not contemplate the Cengage Unlimited model of distribution,” said David Slarskey, a litigator with Slarskey LLC. “Refusing author demands to opt-out tends to undermine the terms of the contract.”
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#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 4/20 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on creating proposals.

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Beware of fake journal acceptance letters

Fake journal acceptance lettersAn April 18, 2018 article on the Society for Scholarly Authors’ blog, The Scholarly Kitchen, called attention to a scam in which unknown individuals, using fake acceptance letters, are promising publication in the journal of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The article’s author, Angela Cochran, ASCE’s associate publisher and journals director, said that over the last five years, the society has become aware of seven fake acceptance letters for its journals. [Read more…]

Announcement of Cengage Unlimited royalty calculation model raises new questions

online library of textbooksCengage’s royalty calculation model for its new subscription service Cengage Unlimited has raised a few questions that remain unanswered, primarily, will their model account for the range of existing publishing agreements—which have a variety of different provisions for accounting for royalties?

“Here’s the key problem,” said Stephen E. Gillen, a partner with Wood, Herron & Evans. “Cengage has a wide variety of different contracts that were entered over time. Some of their longer lasting titles, those in their 10th edition and up, are the subjects of original contracts still in place that were entered 40 or more years ago. Many of their contracts were not done on Cengage forms but were acquired from other publishers, all of which have different provisions for accounting for royalties. Some of them were done before the days of bundling, custom publishing, digital publishing, and publishing through interactive/adaptive learning platforms and so do not provide expressly for those then unanticipated media or channels of distribution. But Cengage has thousands of authors and almost certainly a greater number of contracts (no author will have less than one contract, and many will have multiple contracts). It’s hard for me to imagine that they are going to have lawyers go back over every single contract to determine if and how it should be treated in the current scheme.” [Read more…]

#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 4/6 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, April 6 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on sustaining and maintaining open access platforms for academic publishing. Not on Twitter? Not sure what a “Tweet Chat” is? Follow us here (you won’t be able to actively participate, but you will be able to follow the chat live). [Read more…]

#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 3/23 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on thinking about journals and publishing your work.

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#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 3/9 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on building a network through blogs and social media.

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#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 2/23 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, February 23 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on getting feedback while work is in progress.

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#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 2/9 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, February 9 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on being productive.

Not on Twitter? Not sure what a “Tweet Chat” is? Follow us here (you won’t be able to actively participate, but you will be able to follow the chat live).

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#AcWriChat TweetChat: Not on Twitter? Watch live here on 1/12 at 11 a.m. ET

acwrimoJoin TAA on Twitter on Friday, January 12 at 11 a.m. ET using the hashtag #AcWriChat for our latest TweetChat focused on setting goals and planning a writing project.

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