HarperCollins Publishers Announces Strategic Relationship With rightscenter.com to Facilitate the Sale of Literary Rights

HCP becomes first major publisher to enter into a comprehensive agreement with online literary rights innovator.
HarperCollins Publishers and rightscenter.com have announced the formation of a strategic relationship to promote the sale of the publisher's literary rights around the world. HarperCollins, the first major publisher to enter into a comprehensive global agreement with rightscenter.com, will list a minimum of 500 adult and children's frontlist and backlist titles on the system this year, representing titles published by HarperCollins in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia/New Zealand.

Since October 1999, rightscenter.com has provided an independent platform between agents and publishers to facilitate the sale of literary rights. Rightscenter.com has established strong brand recognition and has registered 8,000 members featuring 30,000 active titles, becoming one of the leading online marketplaces for literary rights

"Rightscenter.com enables us to greatly extend our reach into foreign markets, increase exposure for our backlist titles and create new opportunities for our authors," said Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. "In addition, using rightscenter.com will help to decrease shipping costs, increase efficiency, and let our employees focus on the art of selling-instead of on administrative chores."

"Our objective has been to build a platform that reflects the needs of the publishing community by providing continually up-to-date product information and seamless data flow," said Jim McHugh, executive vice president of marketing and strategy. "HarperCollins is benefiting from our powerful application, and we are thrilled to provide the tools to support their success."

Rightscenter.com offers a suite of tools available through a subscription that streamlines communication between agents, editors, rights directors and foreign publishers. Title information posted on the site is accessible anywhere there is an Internet connection. Users can securely read manuscripts, negotiate deals and create online catalogs from home, satellite offices or book fairs around the world. Rightscenter.com is based in Palo Alto, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Madrid and Beijing.