Will the books be restricted by
Will the books be available outside the
major English-speaking territories (i.e. UK, US,
How will I know if a title is not available in
the USA or Canada?
I live in the USA and don't read
on a Kindle - why can't I buy your
Will the eBooks have DRM? If so, what
What formats will The Murder Room ebooks be
Which retailers will be selling The
Murder Room ebooks?
Will you be offering licences to libraries or
will you supply content through 3rd party library
Why can't I buy direct from the site?
Why aren't print-on-demand
Can I buy specific short stories?
If not, why not?
Is there an affiliate scheme?
Why Isn't Author X
in the Murder Room List? / Will Author X be in The Murder
Why aren't you publishing series in
Why do you have some of Author X's
books, and not others?
Will The Murder Room be open to new
and/or self-published authors?
How does one go about becoming a Murder Room author?
Why have you not kept the original covers?
books be restricted by geographical rights/territories?
Yes, they will. We have acquired rights to The
Murder Room titles from the authors or their estates, and in many
cases the rights they were willing or able to grant us were only
for the UK and Commonwealth countries (excluding Canada, which is
usually bundled with USA rights). It's not that we don't want to
allow you to buy the books; it's outside the terms of our
However, there are many titles - approximately
one-third - in which we have World English Rights, and these will
be available everywhere, subject to retailers' ability to sell
the books be available outside the major English-speaking
territories (i.e. UK, US, Aus)?
Yes. We generally have English language rights on
all titles everywhere in the world except for the USA, its
dependencies, Canada and the Philippines. And as noted above, we
have English language rights everywhere in the world in one third
of our titles. The Murder Room ebooks will be available from
retailers in every country provided they have established
commercial terms with the Hachette UK Group.
How will I know if a
title is not available in the USA or Canada?
Each title in which we only hold UK and
Commonwealth rights will be clearly marked on its title page on The
Murder Room website.
I live in
the USA and don't read on a Kindle - why can't I buy your
Firstly, apologies for the frustration; we know
there are some aspects of digital publishing that are irritating to
consumers and we - as a company and as an industry - are working
hard to resolve them. At the moment, we have no direct trading
relationship with the major American retailers, such as Barnes
& Noble, and so we are unable to supply them with files. As
Amazon is a multinational, with a major operation in the UK where
we are based, we can supply Amazon with files, so our eBooks are
available to North American Kindle users. We're very sorry that
users of other devices are not, for the moment, able to buy our
titles, but we hope that the abundance of Kindle apps for a wide
variety of platforms will, temporarily at least, provide a usable
alternative until we are able to offer our books through all North
Will the eBooks have DRM? If
so, what kind?
Yes, they will. The Murder Room is owned and
operated by the Orion Publishing Group, itself part of the Hachette
UK Group. Hachette policy is that DRM is applied to all eBooks
published by Hachette companies. Gateway titles are available from
the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBookstore platforms, which have their
own proprietary DRM schemes, or from a range of vendors using Adobe
What formats will The
Murder Room ebooks be available in?
The Murder Room eBooks will be available for the
Amazon Kindle and Apple iBookstore platforms, and as ePub files
secured with Adobe DRM from a range of digital partners.
retailers will be selling The Murder Room ebooks?
Notwithstanding the above, any retailer which has
satisfied Hachette UK's contractual and technical requirements and
reached commercial terms with us can sell our titles, provided we
have the appropriate territorial rights.
Will you be
offering licences to libraries or will you supply content through
3rd party library vendors?
The Hachette UK Group does not currently supply
ebooks into the library sector.
Why can't I
buy direct from the site?
We have built up very good relationships with our
retail partners over the years and see no reason to change that at
this time. Retailers specialise in selling and publishers
specialise in creating, and maintaining those roles currently gives
our readers the best possible user experience.
Why aren't print-on-demand
We will be making print-on-demand editions
available shortly for those titles to which we have been granted
Can I buy
specific short stories? If not, why not?
We are currently considering how best to make
available the short story output of the many classic authors on our
list, but it is unlikely that we will be able to provide individual
stories. Please keep an eye on the Murder Room blog for updates as
and when we have them.
Is there an
As The Murder Room is not selling directly, we
cannot offer any sort of affiliates scheme. Many of the major
retailers do so, but that is not something we are involved in, in
Why Isn't Author X in the Murder
Room? / Will Author X be in The Murder Room?
There are many reasons an author might be absent
from The Murder Room list. In some cases the rights are simply not
available. In others, an author or an author's estate has
decided that they don't wish to make eBooks available; in these
instances there is nothing we can do but move on and plan to
revisit that author in the future, in the hope they will
Sometimes, it's just a case of us not having had time
to approach an author. It's also often the case that we are still
speaking to an author or agent, and we obviously can't discuss
negotiations in progress. Given the scale of ambition for The
Murder Room project, author acquisition is likely to be a
continuing process for some time; we announced The Murder Room with
a list of authors agreed to that point, have added more since the
announcement and will be adding even more authors over the coming
years - but we will not announce an author until we have an
agreement with their agent or estate.
If you are disappointed that certain authors are
missing from The Murder Room list, please bear the above
explanations in mind, and be reassured that the least likely reason
an author isn't present is because we haven't thought of
you publishing series in order?
After acquiring rights from the authors or their
estates, the main factor that determines what we can publish is
locating file copies from which to produce the eBooks. In many
instances we found (and continue to find) ourselves in situations
where we have some books in a series but not all; there are also
times when we send a complete series for conversion and when
the eBooks return, one of them fails quality control and has to be
sent back for correction. In those situations we have two
choices: to wait until we have a correct file for every book in a
series - or at least the first x books - or to publish as we locate
the files. In order to make as many eBooks as possible available
for readers and to avoid creating a backlog of titles in our
production processes, we choose to make books available as soon as
we are able to. We are aware of gaps in some of our series and we
are working diligently to fill them.
Why do you have some of Author X's
books, and not others?
We have endeavoured, in every instance, to acquire
authors' entire backlist. In some instances this has not been
possible owing to some rights already being spoken for.
The Murder Room be open to new and/or self-published authors?
No. The Murder Room was established specifically to
rescue classic crime titles from their mostly-out-of-print status
and make them available again to a wider audience. There are many
sites and publishers whose raison d'être is to facilitate the ebook
publication of new and/or self-published authors, and it is not in
our plans to join them.
does one go about becoming a Murder Room author?
Please see above, but if you happen to be an
established crime author whose books were published by a major
house but have now fallen out of print, please ask your agent to
get in touch with us.
have you not kept the original covers?
The Murder Room will be publishing hundreds of
titles over the course of the next few years, and it is neither
feasible nor economical to track down the original artists or
rights holders for every cover and, in many cases, pay permission
fees to use those covers. Our goal is to make as many titles as
possible available as quickly as we can and provide them at
reasonable prices - tracking down and using original cover art is
not compatible with either of those goals.