How much should I pay the copyright holder for the right to translate a book and sell copies?

Asked by: Susan Montano

How much should I charge for a book translation?

Translated offers an average price of US $0.10 per word. The translation of a standard page costs on average US $25, considering an average of 250 words per page, or 1,500 characters including spaces.

Can I translate a book and sell it?

Since the author is the copyright’s holder for his book, you can’t translate a book without his permission and even a written agreement. If a book’s rights belong to the publisher, you’ll have to contact him or her.

How much does a book translator get?

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $165,500 and as low as $17,000, the majority of Book Translator salaries currently range between $31,000 (25th percentile) to $67,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $110,000 annually across the United States.

Who owns the copyright in a translation of a book?

If the author authorizes a translation, the author owns the copyright in the translation since the translation is a work for hire. This is because in case of a work for hire, the employing party is the author.

How do I ask permission to translate a book?

Getting permission for translating a literary piece of work is very simple and straightforward. All you need is to try and contact the original author and ask for his/her permission. Try to search the Internet for the author’s current contact information.

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