I have a website and I want to sell some books from different authors. Can anyone suggest who I should contact to get the legal rights to sell the books? I am selling them to other countries as well, so the prices would be different. I just want everything to be legal.

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    I'm not sure this has anything to do with writing. – Neil Fein Jul 14 '17 at 15:15
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    Are you asking about selling stock (you have legally-purchased books and want to resell them), or being a publisher (you have the content from somewhere and want to make your own version)? Please edit to clarify. Thanks. – Monica Cellio Jul 14 '17 at 21:15
  • @Monica correct, selling the stock. It would be purchased from publisher or author and then resell it to actual customer. I want the selling rights from them. – Ani Jul 17 '17 at 7:09
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    Sounds like a bookstore. Sellers don't generally require any special rights; they buy stock at a price the publisher sets and then sell it to whomever they want. Or do you mean you want exclusive rights, which would be something you'd need to negotiate with the publisher and is probably expensive? – Monica Cellio Jul 17 '17 at 13:30
  • This does not have anything to do with writing, but I want to keep it. – hildred Aug 3 '17 at 15:44

IANAL, but when it comes to rights, it is generally the the right to make copies that is protected. If you own an existing copy of a book you can sell it just like you can sell a chair or a piano.

However, the Supap Kirtsaeng case makes things a little more interesting. Publishers often sell books much more cheaply overseas than in the US or other first world countries. Supap Kirtsaeng was a Thai student who started a site that bought textbooks at local prices and sold them to US students over the web, greatly undercutting the publisher's US prices. The publishers sued, claiming that copyright law gave the the right to set prices in different markets. According to this Ars Technica story, its appears that the supreme court disagrees: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/03/thai-student-protected-by-first-sale-supreme-court-rules/ Obviously, though, it is a case you should educate yourself on before you proceed.

  • Thank you for your answer. I have similar idea but I don't want to cheat anyone. Rather I want to facilitate them with my software to sell more and earn. I will take my part by providing this facility. – Ani Jul 17 '17 at 7:06

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