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Publishing contracts often contain clauses that state if audio rights are granted to the print book publisher, but not brought to life reasonably soon after a book’s publication (for example, sixty or ninety days after print publication of the book), the audio rights revert back to an author. Every publishing agreement is different and not every publishing contract will contain such a proviso, but below we outline some of the scenarios you should consider and discuss with your agent.

Bundled rights?

Check if your book’s audio rights are bundled with the print rights by checking your publishing contract or talk to your agent.


If there’s no reversion clause in your contract, or if the reversion clause doesn’t seem to include subsidiary rights, you or your agent should approach your publisher. Sometimes publishers are open to negotiating reversion rights later down the road.

Disputed Rights

We get that it's critical to respect contracts and to never violate a publisher's or author's rights. But sometimes rights get questionable, especially with older contracts.

For these reasons, if at any point after a book is published, a Rights Holder’s rights are disputed by a print publisher or another party, PortableVoices can cancel it, either permanently or temporarily.

Get Help

If you have questions, contact PortableVoices. We can’t dispense legal advice or advise on the terms of your contract or other deal with a publisher, but we provide general guidance. Also, if you’re a member of an Authors Guild, you might turn to them as another good source of information. They offer their members free book contract reviews by their experienced legal staff. Finally, your agent, or attorney will be the best resource for you in determining whether you have all the rights you deserve.