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Registering your ISBN

As an aspiring author, you may find yourself wondering what an ISBN is, what it means and how you can obtain one for your book. An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number, which is a thirteen-digit number that works to identify your book specifically against all the other titles and authors available, and all those which are yet to come. This is in an effort to streamline marketing and book use by libraries, booksellers, schools, wholesalers and others. With an ISBN, your book is able to be tracked in terms of sales and inventory control. While e-book dealers don’t necessarily require an ISBN to sell your book online, a physical bookseller will absolutely require one. Without an ISBN, you can’t expect for your book to be sold in stores at all. An ISBN is essential to the world of publishing!

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Your rights

Your legal rights if your work has been taken

In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are if your work has been taken:

What if it’s your work that’s taken?

Without a big publisher behind you, policing your copyright adds to your post-publication duties. If you’ve taken the steps to register your work, enforcing your copyright through the court system is a little easier. Being able to identify that your work has been copied is what becomes more challenging and what do you do at that point?

 

The first step would be to contact the author (and/or publisher) and tell them they’re violating your copyright. Depending on how much of your work has been taken; you may want to speak to a lawyer to find out the best way to approach the author and/or publisher of the allegedly infringing work. If your work has not been registered yet, and the alleged infringement is significant, registering your work should be done immediately.

 

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legal issues

Legal Issues to be aware of as an Author or Self-Publisher

There are a few issues that pop up for Authors or Self-Publishers as they may not consider some of the legal issues that come up when writing their books, such as putting a contract in place with their publisher, designer or copy editor. The traditional book authorship has now become more complicated as the traditional publishing industry has changed with the internet and now more people are self-publishing. Which means that the authors who are not using publishing companies won’t have legions of experts to comb through their manuscript and may not have access to a legal department that can check their book before goes to print.

Not that authors are sued all the time, but when you take the route of self-publishing you also take on the liability that comes with the various legal issues. Navigating the legal hurdles of publishing is now something authors must be concerned.

Even if you do go the route of traditional publishing, you will most likely need to have a digital presence, which comes with a host of legal issues that you’ll want to know.

In the next few months we will share legal issues frequently encountered by Authors & Self-Publishers:

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Creating a Copyright Page

When it comes to intellectual property, ensuring that you’ve got a clear and concise copyright notice is always a good idea. You spend so much time and energy on your book, it’s important to ensure that you’ve clearly laid out your claim to copyright over your words, in part or in full. The copyright page, or edition notice, contains a number of things, including but not limited to the copyright notice, ISBN, current edition, year published and a cataloguing number from a national library, such as the Library of Congress.

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