March 2005, the Mind Like Water-Follett
Library Initiative is temporarily closed to
MIND LIKE WATER-FOLLETT LIBRARY INITIATIVE
Frequently Asked Questions
requirements to participate
must be either the author or the publisher of the ebooks.
ebooks must be in PDF format.
ebooks must have an assigned ISBN.
Rights to ebooks
You must be either the author or the publisher of any ebooks included in this
initiative. If you have a publisher and want to sign up yourself, please be sure
your contract allows this (and see Recordkeeping and royalties below).
right, title and interest in the ebooks and the
ownership of all intellectual property,
including copyrights and trademarks, contained
in or used in connection with the ebooks remain
the property of the authors or publishers. In
no event will Mind Like Water or Follett obtain any right or
interest in such intellectual property unless
Your ebook must be in PDF
format (capable of being read on a Windows-based computer), and must be
in Adobe Acrobat version 1.2 or later. If you need
help converting your book to PDF format:
- You can use Adobe's Online Conversion Utility
for $9.99 per
month or $99.99 per year.
For more information, click
Mind Like Water will convert your ebook, which must be provided to us
in a single Word or HTML file (prices for this service are on the
Pdf files must not have ANY security
protections. Follett will set the security
parameters at their end. Authors and publishers
can request security above those protections
Follett automatically sets. See Digital
rights management below.
If you would like
to read in advance the instructions for
submitting pdf files, click here.
The ebook must have an
assigned ISBN (International Standard Book Number). Please
note that each format or binding of a book must
have its own ISBN (i.e. hardcover,
paperbound, e-book format, etc). Also, once
assigned, an ISBN can never be reused.
The ISBN does not have to appear in the pdf file, but can be submitted separately as metadata.
If you need an ISBN:
You may order a block of 10 ISBNs (minimum number) from Bowker for
Mind Like Water will provide an ISBN (prices
for this service are on the order form).
Initiative Signup Deadline
Mind Like Water
will submit files to Follett in batches
approximately the 15th of each month. Sign up by
the 1st of the month and your
files will be sent with that month's batch.
By signing up for this offer you agree to pay for
an entire year of access to Follett. You also agree to be billed on an annual
basis while you are receiving access to Follett. You must notify us if you
choose to opt out. Pro-rated refunds will not be made. If you opt out, your
ebook will be removed from Follett's database upon completion of the paid year
unless you request an earlier removal.
Procedure following placement of order
Upon placing your order:
You will receive confirmation of
payment by email.
This confirmation email will include a
link to the form you will need to fill out to provide us information so
that we can submit your titles to Follett and create your
profile page for the Mind Like Water eBook
may take up to a week to have your profile page finalized and linked
within the eBook Catalog. You will then receive an email with
instructions for submitting your pdf files.
will be made available to libraries through
Follett as follows:
(Book Wholesalers, Inc.), a full-service book vendor to public libraries.
This Follett division's book catalogue, called TitleTales, is made available
for free to the 16,421 public libraries in the United States.
Library Resources, the largest supplier of books to K-12 schools. This
Follett division's book catalogue, called TitleWave, is made available for free to the 93,861
school libraries in the United States.
Titles are automatically placed in both catalogues.
may purchase ebooks through the catalogues TitleTales and TitleWave, which list
books of all binding types (hardcover,
paperback, ebook, etc.). Libraries
do not have to have any ebook lending platform
specific to Follett in order to purchase ebooks
from these catalogues. Follett simply acts as an
ebook vendor. (Note: sales are only made
through Follett's catalogues, not through Mind
Like Water's web site.)
NOTE: Follett's catalogues are strictly for use by
time from when a file is submitted until it appears in the catalogues
Currently, Mind Like
Water is submitting titles to Follett in
batches approximately the 15th of each month.
Those titles should appear in catalogues by the end
of that month.
ebooks will remain in Follett's catalogues
an author or publisher wishes to pull a title,
titles will remain in Follett's catalogues
an updated file
you wish to submit an updated file for your book
to Follett, and you believe the revision was minor
and the book does not require a new ISBN, you may do so,
for no additional cost, no more than once during
your billing year (i.e., during your paid year
of access to Follett). In this case, where
there is no new ISBN, Follett will
replace the original file with the new file in
the catalogues. (However, libraries that have
already purchased the title will not receive the
new ISBN is required for a revised edition of a
book. In this case, because this is a new book,
the title will be added to the
catalogues. In other words, the title will
appear twice, as different editions. You will
need to place an order
again through Mind Like Water, as this is a new book.
Marketing of catalogues to
especially in the K-12 school community
through Follett Library Resources. There is no
one in the school library business that doesn't know
about Follett. Follett is the the largest
school library distributor in the country by far and has
been in business for over 100 years.
public library division (BWI) is newer and
smaller, but growing nicely and has a superb
reputation in the industry.
is a major presence at all major trade and
library shows, and the divisions (e.g.,
Follett Library Resources, BWI) advertise in
all the major trade publications.
individual divisions control all their own
marketing endeavors. The marketing push for
ebooks has been to alert customers that ebooks
are now available along with print, etc. books
in Follett's catalogues; and to let customers
know about ebooks' ease of use. The Follett
Corporation works with over 5,000 publishers.
use of Follett's catalogues
librarian can search for a particular book
within a catalogue by selecting from numerous
criteria on a form. The form includes such
criteria as author name, publish date, ISBN,
reviewed by a particular source, keyword, etc.
From the search results page, the librarian can
click on a title and open the pdf file
containing the book. The
librarian then is allowed to perform 15 clicks
within the book. For example, the librarian
could click on the Table of Contents bookmark,
click the Forward button to read pages of the
book, do a keyword search within the book,
will add a full MARC (MAchine-Readable
Cataloging) record once a title has been purchased by a
library. If a title has been reviewed by one of
the review sources librarians can select as a
search criterion, a MARC record will be added
even before a title has been sold.
rights management and library lending
purchased by libraries through Follett are
available to library patrons in a one ebook/one
user checkout system similar to print library books.
A library patron can read an ebook that has
been checked out in two ways: (1) view in a
browser and (2) download to a PC or any ebook
reader that supports Adobe Acrobat Reader
in Browser: The
book one page at
a time in a browser window. Each
page is actually an image of the page.
on a page cannot
be highlighted or selected.
page cannot be edited or copied. Conceivably,
could save a page image by right clicking on
the image and selecting "save picture
as" (this function cannot be disabled in
the browser). The print facility is limited to "File
book that is downloaded is protected by
Acrobat Digital Rights Management security.
The downloaded book is encrypted and an
electronic "key" is also sent that
allows the patron to view the book for the
designated borrow period (set by the library).
This "key" contains restrictions
regarding selecting text, copying,
printing. Pages can only be copied one at a
time. The Print button in Acrobat Reader is
disabled (however, performing screen shots
using the Windows Print Screen button is not
restricted). The "key" stops working at
the end of the borrow period (the patron
receives a message that the book has expired),
and the book is
then available again for check out at the library.
Although the file still resides on the
patron's PC or ebook reader, it is scrambled
and is no longer viewable.
Authors and publishers submitting titles will be
solely responsible for specifying any
security permissions that go
beyond what Follett currently specifies:
unlimited copying and no printing.
to the VP of the Follett
Library and School Group, they have not had
any concerns at all with the security protections
Follett uses for titles in their catalogs.
Follett has a non-exclusive
license to market and sell the ebooks to
kindergarten through twelfth grade public
schools (TitleWave) and public libraries (TitleTales)
through its proprietary on-line ordering
systems; and, alone or as part of any other
works, through Follett’s ordering web sites
and online databases, using any electronic
method now known or later developed.
Mind Like Water will deliver to Follett,
as Follett requests from time to time, any cover
and internal artwork, along with any marketing,
advertising or promotional materials as Follett
may need. To
the extent necessary to exercise its license,
Follett may alter the format of the ebooks with
Mind Like Water's prior consent (which Mind Like
Water would obtain from the author or publisher
who submitted the ebook), which shall not be
unreasonably withheld. In
addition, Follett may convert the ebooks
into any required electronic format for storage
and retrieval purposes.
In no case will Follett
alter or remove any copyright notices,
trademarks, or other proprietary rights,
notices or legends contained in the ebooks.
has the right to distribute such marketing data
in Mind Like Water's possession (requested by
Mind Like Water from
authors and publishers submitting ebooks)
regarding the ebooks, including cover art,
excerpts, and review information, as well as
trademarks, service marks, trade names and logos
and metadata, solely to promote sales of the ebooks.
Follett may make copies of the ebooks to
use internally solely for the purpose of
evaluating marketing opportunities to promote
the sale of the ebooks.
Follett has sole discretion with respect
to the marketing and promotion of the ebooks. Mind Like Water will provide Follett with metadata and other
marketing data with each ebook.
Mind Like Water and Follett will use
commercially reasonable efforts to keep the ebooks
free from content that is illegal, infringes on
rights of third parties, is obscene, or may, in
of Follett, expose Follett or its affiliates to
civil or criminal claims of any nature.
Follett reserves the sole right to
immediately remove without notice any and all ebooks,
digital content, marketing materials or any
other data Follett determines may violate any
law, infringe upon any third parties rights, are
obscene or otherwise objectionable.
and publishers will be asked to suggest a list
price for their ebooks. Follett
may, at its sole discretion, suggest a different
list price at which it will sell the ebooks.
This may occur when (1) an ebook is priced
substantially higher or lower than its print
version, or (2) the ebook is priced extremely
low (e.g., less than $5.00 or free). According
to Follett, libraries are used to seeing
electronic and print versions priced
will retain 50 percent of ebook sales. The
remaining 50 percent will be paid to Mind Like
Water, who will in turn distribute these
royalties to the authors and publishers who
submitted titles. Mind Like Water does not
retain any royalties.
will maintain complete and accurate records
covering all ebook sales transactions. Follett
will provide information on sales to Mind Like
Water on a monthly basis. Upon receipt of this
information, Mind Like Water will send an
invoice to Follett for payment of royalties. Mind Like
Water will distribute royalties once a month to the
authors and publishers who had sales, as long
as the payment is at least $25. Payment of
royalties less than $25 will be deferred until
this minimum amount has been met.
you are an author who is signing up and you
have a publisher, Mind Like Water can
distribute your royalties to your publisher
for subsequent distribution to you. Mind Like
Water will not be responsible for determining
the distribution of royalties between an
author and publisher (i.e., payment will only
be sent to one person).
of ebooks submitted
submitted to Follett through Mind Like Water must not contain matter
that is obscene, hateful, racist, libelous,
slanderous, infringing on rights of third
parties, an invasion of privacy, or an unlawful
appropriation of name or likeness. Content must
not expose Mind Like Water, or Follett or its affiliates, to civil or
criminal claims of any nature.
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