Terms of Use

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Description of Website
This website (Worthyofpublishing.com) allows Writers/Authors to upload chapters of their unpublished book to WorthyofPublishing.com to gain market feedback, gauge how popular it is and potentially get their book published if one of our registered publishers deems it to be publishable. Website visitors can freely read, comment and rate the books/chapters which have been uploaded. Self-published authors may also use the website to gain awareness for their work, provided they additionally follow the guidelines listed in section 5 of these terms and conditions. (the “Services”).

2. Acceptance of terms and conditions
The terms and conditions are the terms on which Worthy of Publishing Limited (“Worthy of Publishing”) offers you access to the Services and the Worthyofpublishing.com website (the "Website”). You must read these terms and conditions carefully before using the Website. By using the Website, you warrant and undertake that you agree to accept and adhere to all these terms and conditions and any terms and conditions in substitution therefore and any variations thereof. Each user hereby agrees to indemnify Worthy of Publishing, its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives from all/any costs, expenses, claims, demands and sums brought by any third party and arising out of that user’s breach of these terms and conditions.

3. Amendment of terms and conditions
These terms and conditions may be amended in whole or in part by ‘Worthy of Publishing’ from time to time. Amendments will be effective immediately upon posting of the amended terms and conditions on the Website. You are responsible for ensuring you are familiar with the latest terms and conditions. Your continued visits to the Website and use of the Services, represents your agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions as amended.

4. Registering as an Author Member and Uploading Content
You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you upload or post on the Website; and that, at the time that your content or material is submitted to the Website: (i) the content and material is original and accurate; (ii) use of the content and material you provide does not breach any applicable Worthy of Publishing policies or guidelines and will not cause injury to any person or entity (including that the content or material is not defamatory).
You agree to indemnify Worthy of Publishing and its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives from all claims brought by a third party against Worthy of Publishing or its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives arising out of or in connection with a breach by you of another’s copyright or other Intellectual Property right or a breach of any of these terms and conditions. You grant Worthy of Publishing the right to help publicize you and the Website through your writing, and to display your writing on the Website.
Worthy of Publishing is not a publishing company, literacy agent, or an editor.
When you upload your content to the Website, you do so at your own risk and realize that the content and book chapter(s) you upload once you make it ‘live’ will instantly appear on the website for people to view in an “as is” basis. You may login to your account and make changes at any time.
You agree that Worthy of Publishing is not responsible for any loss of data or content that you upload to the Website and that it is your responsibility to ensure you make copies of your content, including any content you edit on the site.

4.1. Our Fees For Service - Worthy of Publishing charge a small 2.5% royalty fee to publishers that choose to publish an Author member's content, which has been uploaded to and promoted on the Website. Important: Worthy of Publishing DOES NOT ask for any percentage from the author’s royalties.
Only Publishers who become registered publishers with Worthy of Publishing can apply to publish content uploaded to this Website by Author Members.
When you as an Author member upload book chapters to the Website, you should do so with the intention of becoming published through one of our registered publishers. Therefore to keep this service running free for Writers, we recommend you do not send your manuscript to any publisher, as one of our registered publishers will contact you through us if they consider your work to be publishable. You as the writer/author reserve the right to ultimately choose from publishers who apply to publish your book.
For your own privacy and security and to protect the legitimate business interests of Worthy of Publishing, you are prohibited from listing any email address, website link, phone number or any other contact detail within the content you upload or in the Comments Section or through the Message Centre.
By becoming an Author member, you grant Worthy of Publishing permission to provide our registered publishers with your contact Phone number and email address, if they are interested in getting in touch with you to discuss the possibilities of publishing your work.

5. Guidelines and charges for self-published Authors
If you have self-published a book, you may use Worthyofpublishing.com to gain market awareness and potentially sell copies of it, provided the book is available to purchase through a website.
As an author member we suggest submitting enough chapters of your book to worthyofpublishing.com in order to pique the interest of our website visitors. As this may leave the readers interested enough to want to purchase a copy to either find out how the story unfolds or ends. Since your book would already be available to purchase from a website, you will be able to set up a ‘Buy This Book’ link which appears on worthyofpublishing.com besides your work. We assume that readers will click the ‘Buy This Book’ link because they want to purchase a copy of the book, upon which we charge your prepaid worthyofpublishing account for this service. The system is on a pay per click basis, so self-published authors are not charged until a website visitor clicks on the “Buy This Book” link. Every time a reader clicks on the “Buy This Book” link, your account with us is debited US 25c and the customer is redirected to the section of a website (which you have specified when setting up this feature) where they can complete their purchase.
You will not be charged for clicking on your own "Buy This Book" Link if you are logged into Worthyofpublishing.com.
To protect the legitimate business interests of Worthy of Publishing, you are prohibited from listing any email address, website link, phone number or any other contact detail within the content you upload or in the Comments Section or through the Message Centre.

6. Your Creative Work
Any book chapters, short stories and other forms of creative writing or creative content which you choose to upload to the Website remains your exclusive property and you retain copyright and all other Intellectual Property rights in your work.

7. Monitoring
Worthy of Publishing has the right, but is not under any obligation to monitor activity and content on the Website and take any action that it deems appropriate. This action may include terminating service or removing postings and cancelling memberships.

8. Your Registration Information
The registration information we receive from members helps us to personalize and continually improve your experience as an Author member or Reader member or Registered Publisher Member. We may use your account information to communicate with you about new books or chapters of new books that have been uploaded from Authors that you have selected are of interest to you. You may also receive Newsletters from worthyofpublishing and or messages from other members through the Message Centre if you have opted into receiving these communications. You can opt in or out of receiving the above communications anytime by ticking the relevant boxes in the 'Update details' section. We also use information we receive to improve our customer services, prevent or detect fraud or abuses on the Website and enable third parties to carry out technical, logistical or other functions to enable the delivery of the Website and the Services.
Your contact details will not be sold or given to third parties without your prior approval.

9.
Security of your login information
If you choose to use the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer to prevent unauthorised access to your account. You agree to accept responsibility for all actions taken under that User ID and password and shall only use or access the Website using your own User ID and password. You should take all necessary steps to ensure your password is kept confidential and secure and should not disclose it to any other person. You should inform us immediately if you have any reason to believe that your password has become known to anyone else, or if your account or password is being used or is likely to be used in an unauthorised manner.
Please ensure that the account details you provide are correct and complete and inform us immediately of any changes to your registration or other customer information. You can update your personal information by clicking on “update details”, which is on the left once you login to your account as an Author or Reader or Publisher member.
Worthy of Publishing reserves the right to refuse access to the Website, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders at our discretion.

10. Privacy
Please review our Privacy Policy, which also forms part of these terms and conditions and imparts information about our privacy practices.

11. Access to Worthyofpublishing.com
We work very hard to ensure the availability of the Website is uninterrupted and that transmissions will be error-free. However, due to the nature of the Internet, this cannot be guaranteed. The Website and the Services are provided as and when available and your access to the Website may be occasionally suspended or restricted to allow for repairs, maintenance, or the introduction of new facilities or services. We will attempt to limit the frequency and duration of any such suspension or restriction.

12. Your conduct
You must not use the website in any way that causes, or is likely to cause, the Website or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way. By accessing the Website and/or using the Services, users agree not to:

  • Upload or post content that you do not have the legal right to make available under any applicable law or contractual agreement.
  • Break any applicable law.
  • Collect, store or otherwise use any personal data from other users of the Website unless expressly authorized.

The information you provide us with and your activities on the Website must not:

  • be used for fraudulent or misleading purposes, or any other unlawful activity
  • infringe any third party's copyright, patent, trade mark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or Intellectual Property rights or rights of publicity or privacy
  • contain any computer viruses or anything else designed to interfere with, interrupt or disrupt the normal operating procedures of a computer or to surreptitiously intercept, access without authority or expropriate any system, data or personal information
  • cause the Website to be interrupted, damaged, rendered less efficient or impair the effectiveness or functionality of the Website in any way
  • be used to send, use or reuse any material that is illegal, offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene or menacing; or be otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable; or which consists of or contains political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings or any form of "spam"
  • create liability for us or cause us to lose (in whole or in part) the Services of our Internet Service Providers or other suppliers
  • use a false e-mail address or impersonate any person or entity, or fabricate a false identity, or initiate a dual membership on the Website, or otherwise mislead others as to the origin of any content. Worthy of Publishing also reserves the right to terminate any membership at our discretion if we believe these terms and conditions may have been breached. 

By using the Website, you accept that we reserve the right to remove any member who we believe:

  • is attempting to manipulate the Website processes or ratings and/or otherwise attempting to gain unfair advantage or not acting in a constructive manner on the Website
  • We reserve the right to remove members with or without reason.

Due to the nature of the Internet and individuals differing creative and other opinions, Worthy of Publishing cannot govern the responses to content you upload – be it, ratings to your content, messages posted on the Comments Section or messages sent via the Message Centre. You agree to waive your right to object to derogatory treatment or responses about your content or material. You accept that responses from others to any content you may upload or otherwise make available on the Website will come in different forms – some negative as well as others that are constructive and positive. While the majority of material uploaded to the Website is mainstream, you accept that book chapters or other visual or written content may at times have content that some may find objectionable and that Worthy of Publishing is not responsible for such uploads. You agree to waive your right to object to derogatory material. By using the Website, you agree to accept such risks as outlined here, and agree that Worthy of Publishing is not responsible for the acts or omissions of users on the Website. Worthy of Publishing reserves the right to remove membership if, at our discretion, there is evidence of negative, derogatory, defamatory or destructive behavior by a member towards other members.

13. Worthyofpublishing.com Comments Section and Message Centre Usage Policies
The Comments section & Message Centre on the Website can be informative, helpful and entertaining.
Before you start to post, please read and familiarize yourself with the following Usage Policies. By using the Comments Section and/or Message Centre, you agree to abide by these rules of conduct.
You agree NOT to post any material which is: 

  • Inaccurate and/or defamatory
  • Abusive, obscene, harassing, racist or generally offensive
  • Sexually explicit or inappropriate
  • Invasive of a person's privacy or private life
  • Illegal.  

We have the ability to ban any member from using the website. Members must NOT:

  • Use inappropriate or offensive user names
  • Use multiple logins to cause confusion or manipulate ratings
  • Include any ones contact information and/or email address, phone number or Web link when posting a comment or using the Message Centre
  • Use the Comments Section or Message Centre to advertise or sell goods or services. 

You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post on the Website.

You agree to indemnify Worthy of Publishing and its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives from all claims brought by a third party against Worthy of Publishing or its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives arising out of or in connection with a breach by you of another’s copyright or other Intellectual Property right or a breach of any of these terms and conditions.

All messages express the opinion of the member that posted them, and Worthy of Publishing and its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives are not responsible for the content of any message. Worthy of Publishing has the ability to move or delete any message that contravenes our Comments Section & Message Centre policy and all posts are the property of Worthy of Publishing. Although Worthy of Publishing will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. Worthy of Publishing is not responsible for messages left by users. Messages are the sole responsibility of the users who post them and that Worthy of Publishing is not liable or responsible for the acts or omissions of users on the Comments Section and/or Message Centre. Worthy of Publishing reserves the right but not the obligation to suspend or remove members who contravene the policies above, and reserves the right to otherwise suspend or remove members or postings without reason.

The rules of conduct are in place to ensure that the Comments Section & Message Centre is a positive and informative experience for all.

14. Age Conditions
If you are under 18, you may use Worthy of Publishing only with the active supervision of a parent or guardian.

15. License for Website access
Worthy of Publishing grants you a limited license to access and make personal use of the website, but not to copy, reproduce, modify, or otherwise adapt the Website or any portion of it, nor to create derivative works from, distribute or publicly display any content which isn’t permitted, except with the express written consent of Worthy of Publishing and any applicable third party. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Website or its contents; any collection and use of any creative content, descriptions, any derivative or otherwise negative use of the Website or its content; or any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another business or merchant. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Website for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not undertake any activities that results, or which in our sole discretion may result in an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure. You agree not to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activities conducted on the Website.

You also may not create and make available your own database or website that features any part or parts of this Website or its concept or infringes the Intellectual Property rights of Worthy of Publishing.

Any unauthorised use of the Website terminates the permission or license granted by Worthy of Publishing and we reserve the right to refuse access to the Website, terminate accounts or remove or edit content as we see fit and without reason.

16. Intellectual Property
Worthy of Publishing owns all copyright in the Website including these terms and conditions and owns all Intellectual Property. For the purposes of these terms and conditions Intellectual Property means all intellectual property rights of whatsoever nature including (without limitation) patents, designs, present and future trademark or copyright, and whether or not registered or registerable by any means, and the right to file an application for registration thereof.

17. Advertisers
Responsibility for the content of advertisements appearing on the Website (including hyperlinks to advertisers' own websites) rests solely with the advertisers. The placement of such advertisements on the Website does not constitute Worthy of Publishing’s recommendation or endorsement of the advertised product or service. Each advertiser is solely responsible for any representation made in connection with its own advertisements.

18. Disclaimer
Worthy of Publishing makes no representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever; with respect to the Website as to its fitness for a particular purpose or that the Website will meet users’ requirements or will at all times be available or accessible, or operate without error.  Worthy of Publishing reserves the right to change its range of services at its discretion at any time.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, neither Worthy of Publishing, nor any of its directors, shareholders and employees, agents and representatives will be liable for any damages resulting from or in connection with your use of the Website.

Worthy of Publishing gives no warranties or representations whatsoever and both Writers/Authors and Publishers acknowledge and agree by using the Website that Worthy of Publishing is merely an intermediary facilitating the publishing of literary works between willing Writers/Authors and publishers who accept that they take all risks in using the Website and that they are entirely responsible for their own judgements, decisions and dealings hereunder.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing in any way, Worthy of Publishing shall not be liable or responsible in any way to any person in respect of any loss or damage or costs of recovery associated with any question of authenticity and genuineness or ownership and title or copyright and Publishers must satisfy themselves in this regard by taking such prudent steps as they consider necessary in all the circumstances.

You understand that by using the Services, you may encounter content that may be deemed offensive, indecent or otherwise objectionable. You agree to use the Services at your sole risk and that Worthy of Publishing shall have no liability to you for content that may be found to be offensive, indecent or otherwise objectionable.

Worthy of Publishing is not responsible for the accuracy of any content uploaded to the Website.

19. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These terms and conditions together with all transactions and matters arising out of the Website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with New Zealand Law. By accessing or using the Website, the user shall be deemed to have consented to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand Courts with respect to any claim, action or proceeding.

20. Severability
If any part or parts of these terms and conditions are held to be legally invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions shall continue to apply with the offending part or parts removed.

 

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