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> Actually, you may not have to negotiate for the rights to distribute the
> books. Unless you are attempting to get a re-sellers discount on the books
> (30-50% off cover price). If you are only buying bulk (typically 20-25%
> off) you do not need a resellers or distribution license. No matter what, I
> would check with a lawyer.
There's a vast difference between reselling books, and bundling them with
another product. If you simply wanted to buy the books and resell them on a web
site (which might be an alternative), you should be able to do so freely.
However, you definitely need to negotiate if you want to make the book part of a
bundle that you are selling. Because the book adds value to the bundle, the
copyright holder is entitled to part of that value. In addition, the copyright
holder has the right to refuse permission if they think that the bundle might
hurt other sales, or is inconsistent with the image they want for the book or
their company. It is not the same situation as reselling at all.
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