By Paul Jeffko
President
SmallTownPapers, Inc.

 

“Unlike book publishers, who sell copies of their works to libraries, newspaper publishers often hand over copies and sometimes even the rights to their works. Newspaper publishers should examine their intent when they agree to provide their works to a library, governmental organization, or anyone. When you retain ownership of your archive, you exclusively control it.”

 



Should government control your newspaper's public record?

Your bound volume archive is in demand but read this before you give it to anyone.



Governmental organizations including state-owned libraries and universities -- even one western state's Secretary of State -- are eager to control the content in your bound volumes and may even offer to scan them for you.


Before you say "yes" know what's at stake.





Giving up ownership and your right to make money.


Turning your bound volume archives over to a government agency for scanning means giving your town's printed history and public record to a government official who will now control what information is available to the public -- and may require you to relinquish rights to the content, including your right to make money.


Your town history forgotten.


Sadly, many publishers turn over their complete printed historic archive to their state university or other governmental institution on the promise that the organization will scan the archives and make them available to the public -- only to discover the archives are sent to a long term storage facility where they are hidden from anyone who wants to access the public record published by your newspaper. If that happens, your town history and public record may be forgotten.


Newspaper publishing is a business.


Unlike book publishers, who sell copies of their works to libraries, newspaper publishers often hand over copies and sometimes even the rights to their works. Newspaper publishers should examine their intent when they agree to provide their works to a library, governmental organization, or anyone. When you retain ownership of your archive, you exclusively control it.


Digitize, monetize, and control your archive.


Discover America's Story is helping newspaper publishers both digitize and monetize their bound volume archives while retaining all rights and ownership. Using your archive, you can generate revenue that will do more than pay the cost of scanning. With our program, YOU OWN your digitized archive exclusively -- that means you are in control.


How this (skeptical) publisher made a profit from his archives.


In the northwest Oklahoma town of Mooreland, publisher Tim Schnoebelen used Discover America's Story to sell ad sponsorships which he anticipated would help pay to digitize the archive and make it online accessible.


The program has been so successful that within just a couple of months he had paid for digitization, placed the archive online and he decided to continue selling ad sponsorships to keep the revenue stream flowing.


If you would like to make money with your bound volume archive, and retain 100% control, contact us today by visiting the website, www.DiscoverAmerica'sStory.com.



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