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Digest and condensation rights

Both these rights involve the condensation of the text of a literary work. Digest rights are the right to publish a condensed version of whole or part of a work in a single issue of a newspaper or magazine. Digest book condensation rights cover the right to publish a condensed version of the complete text in volume form, often accompanied by the condensed texts of other works. In each case, the major player in the field is Reader’s Digest, with its magazine of the same title and its compendium volumes. Its readership is recruited almost entirely through direct mail shots rather than through press advertising. It also has websites advertising its products.