Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 176–177 | Cite as

Leonard D. Duboff and Amanda Bryan: The Law (in Plain English)® for Publishers

Allworth Press, New York, NY, 2018, 264 pp, Paperback, $19.95, ISBN: 9781621536765
  • Nancy E. WolffEmail author
Book Review

Explaining the law in a manner that is easy for a “lay person” to comprehend, yet complete enough to be a useful resource for professional and business purposes is an art form and balancing act. Practicing art law attorney and scholar Leonard Duboff and his collaborator Amanda Bryan, also an attorney and publishing law professor, have managed to straddle the divide and explain all the myriad of legal issues facing a publisher in today’s digital environment without overwhelming the reader with legalese. The Law (In Plain English)®for Publishers is the fifth book in Duboff’s line of “Plain English” titles for artists, writers and other creators, and an update to his prior publication The Book Publishers’ Legal Guide initially published in 1984, well before the kindle and e-book.

The book is divided into 19 Chapters, each one addressing unique legal and contractual issues publishers face in starting and running a publishing business. While the book covers many areas of law, ranging from...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLPNew YorkUSA

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