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This is the detail of the services we, StreetLib srl (details about the company are here), can provide to you, the great writer-publisher choosing to make use of our services. It’s important information you have to agree to before signing up with us. Everything explained here is what you accept and agree to when you start using our services. In other words: get your reading glasses (or keep them on if you already put them on to read our Terms of Service) and take a half hour to read this.
Oh and I should mention that the words “book” and “publication” refer to both the paper and digital (eBook) formats of the work of the writer-publisher. And that this contract will call you, the person agreeing to this contract, the “writer-publisher” meaning you can be the writer publishing your own book or just a publisher, publishing a book, the same rules apply.
“StreetLib” is the computer platform accessible via Internet from the website https://streetlib.com allowing users to publish and sell their books online in different formats. StreetLib is the supplier of all services that can be obtained from the StreetLib website and provides technical and commercial assistance to the users registered, so they can use those services the best way possible.
StreetLib offers the writer-publisher the following services:
Upon request, any other service offered, directly available through the StreetLib website (https://streetlib.com), including services added after the acceptance of this agreement.
Note on Maintenance and innovation of the platform and IT connections: Please be aware that StreetLib may momentarily suspend the supply of its services for maintenance, updates or technological innovation of the StreetLib platform. It may also be suspended by temporary inefficiencies or malfunctions of the online communications or for the purpose of averting the loss of data during their transmission.
Whatever the services provided, with the conclusion of this contract, the writer-publisher is not transmitting any copyrights on his work, whether it’s in electronic or paper format, and isn’t granting any sole agency rights to StreetLib either.
The writer-publisher remains responsible for every fulfillment of legal requirements regarding the publication of his work including the obligations of legal deposit and/or any necessary tax obligations.
In that same state of mind, the writer-publisher affirms that he owns, throughout the term of this agreement, the rights and intellectual property of the whole book and of its content. He declares and guarantees StreetLib that the publication and distribution of books through StreetLib do not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
This means the writer-publisher holds all the rights to publish, reproduce, distribute, communicate, rent, etc. the book, everywhere in the world but also that he made sure that he has the proper legal permissions to use the content used inside the book originally created by someone else (image, picture, text, etc.). If needed, the writer-publisher with include inside the book(s) warning or indications of property protecting his or third parties’ interest.
StreetLib will assume no liability to third parties regarding any of the content published and distributed through its platform. The writer-publisher will take full responsibility for any complaint about the ownership of the content distributed through StreetLib’s platform. If needed, the writer-publisher will confirm this legal responsibility against third-party claims about intellectual property and exploitation rights, upon simple request of StreetLib.
If such claim happens, StreetLib will notify the writer-publisher and, as a precaution, suspend the publication of the related book(s) until the resolution of the dispute. The book(s) will only be re-published when/if the writer-publisher is able to prove intellectual ownership of said book(s). The publisher is also asked to actively cooperate with StreetLib by contacting the person or party making the claim and should be aware that, in the case of any dispute arising, StreetLib can share with the claimant information and commercial data regarding the book(s) that are the object of the claim, including contact information and – if considered relevant – sales data.
StreetLib has also the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend the payments regarding the contested books until the dispute is resolved and to retain up to 5 times the total of the value of all the sales of the contested books made through StreetLib (including sales prior to the claims) from amounts due to the publisher or held by StreetLib on behalf of the publisher.
Once registered to StreetLib, the writer-publisher can either:
Once the file uploaded, the writer-publisher will be asked to fill in metadata about the book such as the price selected by the writer-publisher, the title, year of publication, etc. When the writer-publisher considers the work is ready for publication he will be able to submit it for publication, choosing in which stores – if not all – he wants the work to be published.
Once the work is submitted for publication, StreetLib will take steps to distribute the book in the online bookstores connected to the platform. As this list is subject to updates, the writer-publisher will receive communication emails to make him aware of these updates. The online bookstores and platforms connected to StreetLib can always be seen in our website here. The ones offering the distribution of works in paper format (Print) can be viewed on the Print royalty calculator.
The writer-publisher may always decide to stop distribution of the ebook or limit its distribution to only one or a few online bookstores connected to StreetLib Publish.
Note: some of the online bookstores may reserve the right to refuse the distribution of the book.
Note to the note: Nevertheless, as soon as a book is ready to be distributed, it’s automatically made available through StreetLib bookselling platform: StreetLib Stores
Ebooks published and distributed via StreetLib will receive, if possible, a security system called a Watermark. This protection (also called “Social DRM” sometimes) automatically adds to the eBook a page whenever it’s purchased. This page contains an ex libris with a part containing information about the customer. An example would be “This eBook belongs to [name of the person who bought it]”. The same information will also be added within the ebook in a manner which is invisible through the reading software. We may provide the eBook without a watermark or DRM to the bookstores unable to manage this protection system. We also allow bookstores to apply their own protection system to eBooks (if they have it), as long as this comes at no cost to the publisher.
The list price (explained in our help center, also defined by Wikipedia here) of an eBook can’t be higher than the paper version of the same book. If it is, the writer-publisher agrees that the store can adapt the price so that it’d no longer be the case.
Actually, StreetLib and Bookstores may adapt book prices to align with:
Authors and publishers can publish ANY kind of content on StreetLib and distribute them across the stores we partner with, like Tolino, StreetLib Stores, Bajalibros…. The full list is available here.
Authors and publishers are requested to de-activate the stores Amazon Kindle, Amazon (createspace), Kobobooks, Apple IBooks, Google Play, Barnes&Noble (Nook), Playster, Scribd, Overdrive and Perlego from publication for the following contents:
We will be making weekly checks on our catalog and we’ll punish any violation by immediately suspending the author/publisher’s account.
It is up to the writer-publisher to make sure the book doesn’t contain any illegal content, and that the stores where they choose to publish authorize the content they want to share. This also means no content violating, directly or indirectly the rights of a third party (e.g. regarding intellectual property) or prejudiciable to persons, corporations or companies.
The responsibility of the writer-publisher is detailed on the “Copyright and liability” part of this contract.
The commission due to StreetLib for the distribution services is 10% of the book’s list price or the one indicated on the Pricing page of the page at the time of the publication, if different. This commission will be paid to StreetLib when the writer-publisher gets paid for his book sales.
StreetLib will pay the writer-publisher’s royalties (the money earned for each book sales, deducting StreetLib and third parties commissions) depending on the business model chosen by the online bookstore where the sales happened. StreetLib’s commission stays the same whatever model is used.
These models are the “Agency” business model and the “wholesale” business model. Some partners (libraries, Amazon, distributors, subscription models, etc.) will have a specific set of royalty conditions, they can be found in the book stores list and can be detailed upon request by writing to email@example.com. The Agency and wholesale models are described below:
Here is an example: the writer-publisher chooses a book price of €9.99 and sales it in a country where VAT is at 22%, it will be on sale in this country at €9.99 VAT included which is €7.792 VAT excluded.
The total commission (30% for the bookstore and 10% for StreetLib) is therefore €3.117.
The writer-publisher will get the 60% remaining: €4.675
If the online bookstores allow the end user to rent the book, the rental price is set by the bookstores and the commissions to the bookstore and to StreetLib stay the same percentage of the rental price NET of VAT.
Here is an example: If the writer-publisher sets a list price of €10 (reminder: that’s VAT excluded), the store’s commission will be up to €5, StreetLib’s commission will be €1.
The writer-publisher will get €4.
In the case of distribution of paper books through StreetLib’s PRINT application, the printing costs will be withheld by StreetLib the same way, before paying the writer-publisher his due royalties. Details of the pricing of the PRINT service and the printing costs are on StreetLib website: https://www.streetlib.com/print/pricing-details/. Payment conditions of the Print service are identical to the ones described in the pricing and payment of the optional services section of this agreement. The costs for shipping the copies to the buyers shall be charged to the latter. The writer-publisher authorizes StreetLib to print on his behalf with direct invoicing to the end buyer.
StreetLib collects the revenues from each online bookstore on behalf of the writer-publisher and transfers it to the latter, withholding its own commission.
A statement of all revenues, net of VAT, will be provided by StreetLib to the writer-publisher, at least on a quarterly basis.
StreetLib will automatically pay the writer-publisher the royalties due to him about 60 days after the end of the quarter.
If the sum of the writer-publisher’s royalties is lower than €30, it won’t be paid but added to the revenues of the next quarter.
If the writer-publisher can’t/doesn’t want to be paid via PayPal but instead, via bank transfer, this threshold rises to €200.
For writers-publishers located in the United States, they can be paid monthly via bank transfer with a $60 dollars minimum threshold if they pass on the right information.
The writer-publisher, receiver of the income from sales revenue, remains responsible for the discharge of his own tax obligations.
Starting in 2017, if at the end of the year, the writer-publisher wishes to have his account with StreetLib settled and his royalties paid even though he didn’t reach the required minimum treshold, the writer-publisher can send us a request via email and we will pay his royalties with a €5 fee for the management of the payment.
With no minimum required, the writer-publisher can order printed copies of his book to be sent to any address within Italy or the United States. We can send copies anywhere in the world but it’ll involve extra delivery costs. The writer-publisher has to provide StreetLib with the final information and material ready for printing including, for instance, the PDF to be printed and the PDF of the cover. Details about the costs and conditions are detailed in the dedicated page.
All the optional services provided by StreetLib professionals are available from the StreetLib Market platform. A specific label (professional guru) distinguishes them from professionals unattached to StreetLib.
Once the writer-publisher has uploaded his book on our platform and before it’s published, he can ask StreetLib to produce a customized eBook cover, by purchasing the cover design extra option.
This option’s costs and conditions are detailed on the service in StreetLib Market’s platform.
The writer-publisher can purchase a conversion service. He will need to provide a text file of the book (.doc, .rtf, .docx…) and will receive the file ready to be published in the requested format (ePub2, ePub3 Fixed Layout, etc.).
This option’s costs and conditions are detailed on the dedicated services on the StreetLib Market’s platform.
Book Layout for print, Editing and Proofreading
For some languages (the list, growing, is detailed on the Editing section of StreetLib Market. If there is no such details yet, there is no such service yet, but it’s coming!), we offer “Interior Design” services to get your book in shape. Since this work is linked to the language the book is written in, we are only able to offer this service in the languages where we have professional editors native speakers of the respective language.
To be correctly published, your eBook needs to pass the ePubCheck test (the test is available here: http://validator.idpf.org/), if you prepared the eBook yourself, you may have difficulties passing the test. No worries, we can help you with that as well. Details about the costs and conditions are detailed on the services listed on the dedicated section of StreetLib Market.
StreetLib coach is an optional package to hire support for the whole process of book publishing. The details and conditions of the StreetLib coach service are described in a dedicated website’s page.
The pricing page on StreetLib’s website https://www.streetlib.com/pricing/ lists the conditions and prices of the services offered by StreetLib. The prices applied when a publisher orders one of these services will be the ones listed on this same pricing page at the time of the order. In any case, at the time of purchase of each individual service, the publisher will receive an email message confirming the service purchased and its price.
The publisher shall pay the service’s fee at the time of the order through the payment service provided by StreetLib Market. For the StreetLib Coach service, only part of the payment will be required when purchased, the rest of the payment being due once the book is published or when the project is closed by the publisher. The publisher shall specify his relevant invoicing data.
It remains understood that the purchase of individual services may occur only after registration to StreetLib.
(“official order to do something”)
This is what this distribution agreement is all about: by accepting this agreement, you are asking/allowing StreetLib to act as your distributor: meaning you are asking/allowing us to do a bunch of things, under certain conditions, all described here:
For any violation by the writer-publisher of the conditions, declarations, guarantees and obligations set forth in this agreement, the writer-publisher shall remain the sole person liable to the third parties. The writer-publisher will indemnify StreetLib against any detriment, liability, damage, even caused to third parties, resulting of violations of laws or terms and conditions set forth in this agreement.
StreetLib Intellectual property conditions are detailed in StreetLib’s TOS.
Processing of personal data
The writer-publisher declares that he has examined the terms of service present on the web page https://www.streetlib.com/tos of StreetLib’s website, providing the respective authorizations to the processing of his data according to law at the time of his registration.
When the writer-publisher registers on StreetLib’s website or service platform, it constitutes an invitation to StreetLib to provide its services.
After that, StreetLib will send the contract proposal via email to the address provided by the writer-publisher including a link to this distribution agreement as well as the credentials and link for StreetLib services’ access. These credentials are strictly personal and the writer-publisher should carefully preserve them.
When the writer-publisher activates the service using the data given in this email, the contract is considered concluded.
The contract concluded by the writer-publisher with StreetLib is open-ended, except for the case of withdrawal and rescission referred to below.
Note: The same conditions apply for the withdrawal of only one or part of the services offered by StreetLib
Italian substantive and procedural law shall be applicable to this contract.
Find below lawyered-up PDF versions of this agreement, saying the same thing but in a way slightly less easy to grasp:
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Version updated on January 8, 2018: Updating the rules on Amazon royalties conditions. Merge document for publishing companies and self publishers into one single document for all our publishers.
Small update on April 10, 2018: clarifying the content rules to apply to both eBooks and printed books.