Does writing book summareis (like Cliff Notes) violate copyright law? How short should they be? Do you need permission?
Posted on 2008-11-05
I am a writer and am thinking of writing book summaries to publish and sell. I see there are some businesses doing that out there already.
I read that publisher permission might not be necessary, and that summaries can actually help promote a book so publishers like them. I would like to do quite a few of them so wish I wouldn't have to bother with contacting the publishers. At the same time, I don't want to be involved in any copyright infringement or tick people off. And perhaps I could establish relationships with a few publishers who are favorable to my work, and happy with what I am doing.
In any case, I wonder if I could get some stellar advice on this. What do the experts think, and what would they do?
Thanks so much in advance.