ISBN, CIP, Copyrights and Barcodes
Copyright Page Content
Library of Congress (LCC) number (USA)
Copyright Page Content:
The copyright page is the page that follows your main
title page and is where you display the legal part of your book. Be
sure to check several books in your category and see what they are
using on their copyright page and determine what is best for yours.
Also be sure to check with your legal representative for correct use
etc. The examples below are for suggestion only.
Here is a sample of the basics of
what your copyright page should contain:
Copyright © 20 _ _ (publisher or author)
rights reserved. Except as permitted under ( U.S.
Copyright Act of 1976), ) or (Canadian Copyright Act of 2012), no part
of this publication may be reproduced,
distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a
database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of
Publishers address and contact information
Visit our website at www.xxxxxxxxx.com.
Cataloging-in-Publication Data (if you have filed for this) supplied by:
Library of Congress USA
Library and Archives Canada
Printed in (the United States of America) or (Canada) or
Cover photo by
Book design by
First Edition: (date by month and year)
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Other items you might include:
1. Disclaimer for legal purposes for coaches, doctors etc.
2. Special credits for use of quoted work or other...
3. Other forms of publication ISBNs. (CDs, paperback, hardcover, audio
Several Alernatives to above:
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in
a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means,
electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise
excetp as permitted (under Section 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States
Copyright Act), without either the prior written permission of the
Publisher or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy
fee to the _______(your company or distributor info) _______, or on the
web at _____(your website)_____. Requests to the Publisher for
permission should be addressed to the Permissions Department______(your
No Part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in
a retrieval system, or transmitted in any for form or by any means,
electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or
otherwise, except as permitted (under Section 107c or 108 of the 1976
United States Copyright Act), without either the prior written
permission of the Author/Publisher. Requests to the Author/Publisher
for permission should be addressed to ---------(fill in your info here)
Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of
Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: While the
publisher and author have used their best efforts in preparing this
book, they make no representations or warranties with respect to the
accuracy or completeness of the contents of this book and specifically
disclaim any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose. No warranty may be created or extended by sales
representatives or written sales materials. The advice and strategies
contained herein may not be suitable for your situation. You should
consult with a professional where appropriate. Neither the publisher
nor author shall be liable for any loss or profit or any other
commercial damages, including but not limited to special, incidental,
consequential, or other damages.
For general information on our other products and
services or for technical support please contact -----(your info
Disclaimer: This publication is designed to provide
accurate and personal experience information in regard to the subject
matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the author,
contributors, publisher are not engaged in rendering counseling or
other professional services. If counseling advice or other expert
assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person
should be sought out.
The information contained in this book is not intended
to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice. Any use of
the information in this book is at the reader's discretion. The author
and publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising
directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information
contained in this book. A health care professional should be consulted
regarding your specific situation.
Look on the back cover or open any paper bound book to
the second or
third page, often referred to as the copyright page, and you will
usually find an ISBN (International Standard Book Number). An ISBN is
required if you plan to
sell paper books or CD's to bookstores, libraries, and many specialty
ISBN numbers are legally yours only if you obtain your
block of 10 yourself. If someone else provides you with one number, you
must make sure that they also provide you with a statement
relinquishing their rights to the number. You would then also have to
contact the Library of Congress (or Library and Archives Canada) to
have the number ownership transferred. It’s best to get the number
yourself. As the publisher, you will have rights to the ISBN that you
Some companies (eg Amazon KDP) will provide a single "universal" ISBN for around $100. You would be the registered owner,
just as you would if you obtained the block of 10 ISBNs yourself. This
might be a good option if you think you will never need more that 2 or
If you intend to sell only e-books and not paper bound
books, you may be able to get by without including an ISBN number.
However, you may run into resellers who insist that even your e-books
have an ISBN.
Each format that you publish your book through will
require its own
ISBN. In other words, the soft cover book will have one ISBN, the hardcover another, the e-book
another, and the CD yet another. Do not use the same ISBN assigned to
your paper books when marketing your e-books. Otherwise you
will end up with some confused and unhappy customers.
Technically you not only need ISBNs for your print
books, but you need a different ISBN for each format your ebook is being
offered in. If you are offering your book as a mobi, epub and a PDF,
you need three different ISBNs.
In reality, if you are making your eBook available on Amazon Kindle
only (mobi), you don’t need any for your Kindle e-book. Amazon is the
only place that uses a mobi file… Amazon has their own numbering
system…therefore your mobi file does not need a separate ISBN.
If you are offering your book as a PDF or epub, you need different ISBN for each.
Cost for ISBN prefixes in the United States purchased from Bowker is currently
$290. In Canada
it is free. The agencies which handle ISBN registration are:
Library and Archives Canada
If you correct only typographical errors, and don’t make any
substantial changes to the text, you don’t need a new ISBN because it’s
considered a reprint. A new edition would contain substantially new
material, a major revision, or the addition of completely new elements.
Anything that makes it a new book is likely to create a new edition
and, therefore, need a new ISBN.
If you change only your cover, you can continue to use the same ISBN, since the text has not changed.
In the United States, any copyrighted work that is
published must be submitted in two copies to the United States
Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. This mandatory deposit is
not required to possess copyright of unpublished works, but a copyright
registration can give an author enhanced remedies in case of a
In Canada, the Library and Archives of Canada Act
specifies that up to two copies of any published material must be
deposited with Library and Archives Canada. Materials deposited in the
archives are catalogued; the catalogs are available as part of the
Library and Archives Canada website.
A Cataloguing in Publication record (aka CIP data) is a
record for a book that has not yet been published. When the book is
published, the publisher includes the CIP data on the copyright page
thereby facilitating book processing for libraries and book dealers.
The purpose of the Cataloguing in Publication (CIP)
program is to serve
libraries by cataloguing books in advance of publication. It is not a
requirement for your book, but worthwhile if you want libraries to be
notified of it's existence.
For more information and application forms for
CIP data see:
Library of Congress (LCC) number (USA)
A Library of Congress Control (also called PCN - Preassigned Control Number) number is not necessary to market
Having LCC numbers for paper bound books was once thought to help
increase sales to libraries. Many publishers say it won't
make much difference. Cost of acquiring an LCC is free, so the effort of getting one may be worth it. For services
available to publishers in getting an LCC number or in relation to the
Library of Congress, visit: Library of Congress
Copyright is the legal protection of your original
property. You cannot copyright ideas or book titles, only content such
as books, stories, poetry, music and movies. According to law, your
material becomes protected as soon as it is created and available for
A procedure not involving registration and still used by
is to send it by registered mail to yourself, and never open the
package. If anyone were to try to steal your ideas in the future, the
postmarked package of your book would show that you thought of it
Whenever you ask someone for a testimonial or you wish
to quote from
another author's words, you will need their signed permission before
you can legally publish those words in your ebooks, marketing materials
or web site. Otherwise, the person can sue you for infringement.
Although registering a copyright for certain types of
books may be
recommended, legally, copyright exists from the moment your work is
created. Registering with the U.S. Copyright Office is necessary,
however, if you wish to sue someone for infringement of your material.
Cost for registering a copyright is $30 per book.
If you wish to register, registration in Canada or the
U.S. is fairly
straightforward. Visit the Canadian Copyright Office
or the U.S.
Copyright Office for registration information, forms and
For information on how copyright and other issues affect
you from a
legal standing, see
or the U.S.
Another excellent site with free
reports on publishing law is
by John Kremer
date of publication on your copyright page can be your off-press date,
your shipping date, or your publication date. It is your choice what
date of publication you put on that copyright form. For legal purposes,
the earliest date is probably the best if you want maximum copyright
protection. But there is one situation where you would want to have a
later copyright date. If your book comes off the press in November, you
might still want to set a copyright date for January so your books
doesn't look dated in two months. People (reviewers, booksellers,
rights buyers) do pay attention to the copyright date in a book. If
they receive a book in January 2002 with a 2001 copyright date, the
book will appear as if it were already a year old. Not good.
set an artificial publication date just for the benefit of Publishers
Weekly and other big guns. Set a publication date that actually
makes sense for your book. The publication date should be that date
when your book should receive its major national publicity,
advertising, and distribution in bookstores. If you want publicity in
major monthly magazines, you'll have to set a publication date that is
at least six months from the time you send them review copies (or,
better yet, galley copies).
bookstores nationwide should get a book about 10 days to two weeks
before publication date. Some bigger publishers, of course, have a
nationwide laydown date for major books, but smaller publishers
shouldn't worry about trying to coordinate such a one-day laydown. The
main reason you don't want your book in bookstores too early is that
some bookstores return books if they don't sell within six weeks to
a national publication date six months out doesn't mean you can't do
local author events, sell through local bookstores, or do direct mail
campaigns to targeted groups beforehand. In many cases, I would
recommend that you do some local events before publication date to help
get your author into the swing of things (i.e., get them experience
answering media questions and doing bookstore events).
your publication date is, in some sense, fiction, don't think of it
that way. Use your publication date as a focal point for all your
efforts in giving your book a good launch. Then, after that, ignore the
publication date and continue to do promotion for years to come. The
books that have become bestsellers for smaller publishers have
primarily made the lists because of on-going promotional efforts from
their authors and publishers and good word of mouth. And most
have done so months or years after the publication date.
On the back cover of every book or CD available through
libraries are barcodes. Although downloadable ebooks will not require
a barcode, CD's and printed books will. Barcode labels are
electronically scanned at the checkout counters as a way of saving time
from punching in numbers. There are several types of barcoding formats.
For selling to bookstores, the EAN - Bookland format is used.
I will produce a barcode from your ISBN number (and your
book price) as part
of the book
cover production job.
The first three digits of the Bookland EAN, 978, are
given to every ISBN to uniquely identify the barcode as a book or book
related product. The next nine digits of the EAN consist of the ISBN
(minus the check digit). Finally, a new check digit will be calculated
for your EAN, which is based on the first 12 digits of the EAN number.
The ISBN is printed above the barcode so that it can be manually
entered, if needed.
Price Code: The
five digit add-on encodes the suggested retail price of your book into
the barcode. In the United States, the first digit of the add-on is the
number 5, which indicates U.S. dollars. A number 6 would indicate
Canadian dollars. The remaining 4 digits encode the price without
decimals. If the price is greater than $99.99, the add-on should remain
as 59999. If there is not a set price, a code of 90000 tells the
computer that there is no suggested retail price associated with the
The price add on bar is not absolutely necessary, but
most bookstores prefer to see one.
Price add on with price of $10.95
Your book’s ISBN is 0-123456-47-9 and retails for $10.95
Your EAN will be 9780123456472 with a 5 digit price add on code of 51095
The first digit represents the country (5=USA, 6=Canada)
Price add on with no set price
Your books ISBN is 0-123456-47-9 and does not have a set price
Your EAN will be 9780123456472 with a price add on code of 90000