One interesting thing that's happened in music is that Publishing deals have changed drastically recently. Generally the Publishing industry is about 10 years behind the music industry as regards their reaction to the internet age. Nowadays it's much more common to see a licensing deal than it is a publishing deal. And the deal need not be exclusive either. There has been a rise in deals which grant exclusive use of the name which attaches with it the use of the content itself. So for example a piece of library music could be called "The winged Fairy" and that would constitue one licensing deal. Then the author can take the work to another licensing agent and call it "the bewinged supernatural being" but in all intents and purposes it is the exact same content. One of the negative impacts is that with the same content available through different distributors it's sparked price wars - dropping overall values. Why are publishers allowing this? Because of something called the long tail: The long tail means that for distributors the amount of content you have defines your income - so rather than making high volume sales on one product you make a high volume on small sales of products. The products that sell the most generally tend to be high niche products. And of those products that sell the most are cheaper priced and generally from artists who have a large back catalogue. Applying this, then to authors - the amount of revenue you create, the number of outlets you have and the size of your back catalogue are the driving forces for generating income. This has really put the wind up the Publishing industry. At the moment several large publishing companies are trying to secure a deal with Apple to distribute books over ipad -combined with Amazon et al. This has an enormous impact on paper sales which are now in freefall. Has anyone here any experience in this phenomenon? Have you tried to e-publish?