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Humanist Archives: Dec. 8, 2019, 7:57 a.m. Humanist 33.470 - a question of contract

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 470.
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        Date: 2019-12-07 14:53:00+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: contractural obligation?

Someone not on Humanist posed the following question to me. Answers
would be most gratefully appreciated.

Suppose a digital humanist signed a contract with publisher X for a book
she proposed in some detail, as is normally the case. Years then went
by, the author's mind chaged numerous times, during which period the
imagined book no longer seemed the one to write. Rather concrete ideas
for an essentially new book then emerged, some cross-over with the
former one, but only some. Is this author contracturally obligated to
stick with publisher X, or is she free to go to publisher Y with the new

Many thanks.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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