How Do I Copyright My Book?

Make Library and Archives Your Friend Part 4 copyrightLet’s start out by saying that Library and Archives Canada doesn’t do copyrighting for you. I just felt that this topic should be included under the wing of this mini-series, because it is so important, and should be being done at the same time that you are getting your ISBN and CIP data. So let’s start out with the definition of copyright. According to dictionary.com: cop·y·right noun The exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death. So, what exactly is intellectual copyright? It is the ideal that you have copyright over anything that you have created from your mind, such a work of literature, a painting, etc. (To find out more about intellectual property, check out the Wikipedia article here. ) The problem lies in establishing a timeline. If a suit goes to court over intellectual copyright, how do you prove that you had created it first? Well, some say to take a copy of work and send it to yourself via registered mail. Place the unopened package in a safe place, so that you have sealed proof of when it was sent to you. Is that really enough though? Is it worth taking the chance that you should rely on that alone? For myself, it wouldn’t be. I believe that it is incredibly important to have your work registered with CIPO, aka the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The cost is low, but the peace of mind is priceless. You can check them out on their website. They also have a great glossary of terms there, and some other interesting information on copyrights and patents. The last step that most people would take would be to contact a lawyer to get help to even further establish copyright. Is this a necessary step? Depends on who you are asking, and what funds you have available to you, really. If you do decide to go that route and continue forward with a lawyer, you will want to look for a reputable lawyer in your area who specializes in copyright and or entertainment laws. Now get out there and get started!

What is Legal Deposit?

legal-depositMake Library and Archives Your Friend Part 3 Well, according to the Legal Deposit section of the Library and Archives Canada website, “Legal deposit is the means by which a comprehensive national library collection is gathered together as a record of the nation's published heritage and development. Providing a publication to Legal Deposit at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) ensures its permanent preservation for present and future generations.” So what does that translate to? Basically, when you register for an ISBN, and for CIP data, you are only taking the first step. The final step, to fully register your “books, serials (journals, periodicals, newsletters), spoken word sound recordings, video recordings, CD/DVD-ROMs and microforms”* is to send in one or two copies, dependant on the size of your book run, to Library and Archives Canada. If you had 1-99 books printed you will only send in 1 copy of the book. If you had 100+ books printed, then you are required to send in 2 copies. This allows them to get the exact data that they need, such as size, final page count, weight, and the rest of the stuff that you likely guessed at when you were applying for the data initially. The purpose of this is also so that there is a copy of your book, kept safe at LAC. Essentially, archived at the national library. Likely where they got their name from…. The process is a fairly simple one, but only can be started once the printing of your book is complete. Once that important step has taken place, go to this page, download the correct form for your needs, and fill it out. Attach the form to the copies that you are sending in, package up safely, and send them off. I would personally recommend sending them via a courier, such as UPS, Fed-Ex or Purolator. Those forms of shipping tend to be fairly reliable. Your books can be shipped to: Legal Deposit Library and Archives Canada 395 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4 CANADA Telephone: 819-997-9565 You’ll want to include all of that information if you are shipping with a courier. Now, to talk about copyright and Legal Deposit. ISBN, CIP Data and Legal Deposit all provide a good date stamp for your book, but they are not the same as copyright. We will discuss copyright more in depth after the holidays. Until then, if you would like more information on publishing and self publishing, check out our website. Take care, and have a great week!

What is CIP data?

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source CIP Canada

Make Library and Archives Your Friend Part 2 First things first, let’s figure out what it stands for. Cataloguing In Publication data. So what does that really mean? This information is data that is used by libraries, bookstores and distributors to identify where they should put your book. This data is supplied by Library and Archives (in Canada) and is broken down to show pertinent information about the author, illustrators, editors, publisher, the book itself, and the topics that the book covers. Turns out that the gobbly goop of words and numbers that you can usually find on the bottom of a copyright page is just library speak. In Canada, this program is completely voluntary, and it allows for the cataloguing of your book into Library and Archives Canada before the book is printed. Library and Archives Canada then distributes the information about your book to libraries and booksellers. What a great way to get free promo, hey?! As per the Scope and Coverage page on the Library and Archives Canada website: To be eligible for CIP, a publication must meet the following basic criteria:
  1. The publication in question will be published in Canada (i.e. by a publisher with a Canadian address).
  2. The publication is not yet printed/produced.
  3. For printed and other tangible media, it will have a print run or production of at least 100 copies.
  4. It is intended for public distribution.
You can apply for your CIP information by filling out this form, and attaching a file of your book for them to review. Afterwards, a copy of your final book should be sent in for legal deposit, along with your one that you are sending in for your ISBN. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time when applying for your CIP data, because it will take you a minimum of 10 business days to receive it. Also, make sure that you copy the CIP data that is sent to you via email EXACTLY as it is written, and paste it EXACTLY as it is written from Library and Archives Canada directly on to your copyright page. This is imperative, and they will say as much in the email that they send to you. The information must not be altered at all, not even by a space, line or letter. The reason for this is just simply that it has to match what is on file in the records at Library and Archives Canada. Next week we will cover Legal Deposit. Until then, for  more information on becoming a self published author, visit our website.

What is an ISBN and why is it so important?

isbnMake Library and Archives Your Friend Part 1 ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. Essentially, this 13 digit number (10 digit prior to 2007) identifies the country that your book is from, the publisher, and uniquely identifies the book itself. In Canada, when a publisher (if you are self publishing your book, that is now you!) registers with CISS, they get their own publisher prefix. Your ISBN will typically look like this. 978-X-XXXX-XXXX-X. Each of the hyphens separates important identification information. The breakdown of an ISBN is the 978 prefix, the country code identifier, the publisher prefix, the identifier that is specific to that title or edition, and then the check code. It is not required that you have an ISBN, but if you ever plan to sell your book through a distributor, online store or bookstore in general, or if you ever plan to have your book in a library, you are going to need one. That important information that is contained in that 13 digit code is imperative to all of those listed above. To receive ISBNs in Canada, authors and publishers must join the Canadian ISBN Service System (CISS), which is run by the National Library of Canada. It’s simple and free to sign up. You can register through the CISS website, which is their preferred method. As we mention on our website, if you’re formatting your own book, the ISBN should be printed both inside on the copyright page and outside in the bottom right-hand corner of the back cover. You should be able to ask your printer to create a barcode from your ISBN as well. The font size should be between 9 and 12 points. Dust jackets should contain the ISBN on the upper edge of the left-hand flap. Make sure the ISBN is also printed on the label of any accompanying products, such as a disk—and remember that each edition of your work should be assigned its own ISBN. In fact, each edition of your title (hardcover, softcover, ebook) should have its own ISBN number. Significant changes to the cover or interior also warrant a new ISBN. If you are not sure if the changes you have made are enough for a new ISBN number, contact CISS, as they will be able to give you the best answers. Make sure that you get your own ISBN. Many printers and vanity publishers offer to provide you with an ISBN. This just isn’t in your best interest. As mentioned earlier, there is a portion of the ISBN that identifies the publisher. If you aren’t the person who obtained the ISBN, the publisher prefix will be that of the company that did. That edition of your book will forever be tied to them as the publisher, instead of yourself. Last, but not least, after your book is printed, be sure to do your legal deposit and submit a copy to Library and Archives so that your ISBN and book become registered. Next week we will discuss CIP Data. Until then, for more information, check out our website at http://publishing.blitzprint.com.

How Do I Find The Right Printer for Me?

The important factor in this question is, for me. You have to find the right fit for your needs and requirements, beyond who fits your print run needs. For instance, CreateSpace and Lightening Source essentially meet the same function, printing one or two books at a time. However, CreateSpace doesn’t have anyone that you can talk to. Literally. All that you can do is send an email, and wait for a response. There is no way to just pick up a phone, give a ring, and get someone to chat with if you have a question. Lightening Source, however, has great folks who will answer your call, or give you a ring back at least, and talk with you one on one. That being said, they don’t want to hear your story, they want to hear what they can help you with. They are used to dealing with distributors, and the likes, so they expect the professionalism level to be up there. With that being said, they will be more than happy to answer your questions and clear up any confusion or concern that you may be having. CreateSpace may be just what you are wanting though! Not having to talk with someone isn’t a bad thing for everyone! Chances are though, one of the two is going to be a better fit for your needs. When it comes to short run POD or offset, though, you will more than likely get human contact. Make an appointment if you can, sit down with them and see what they have to offer. Ask them all of your questions, ask to see the samples that you want to see. If you can’t make it there in person, ask them if you can make an appointment with them for a phone call. Ask the questions, and get to know who you are dealing with. I say make an appointment for this, because it allows us to set away time to talk to you, where nothing else is pressing in on that time. If you just call up, we may not be able to give you all of the time that you need at that moment, because we may be in the midst of dealing with something for another client. I know that for myself, personally, I always try to give my clients as much time and attention as they need, but that’s not always completely possible. An appointment for that initial call definitely allows me the time to really settle in and focus on your needs. With that being said, if you are having a code red scenario, or need an answer to a question right away, then call in!  After these discussions, you will know who is the right fit for you. Gauge your comfort level, your confidence in them, and if they made you feel like your questions were answered. If not, it doesn’t mean that they are a bad company, it may just mean that they aren’t the right fit for you! In the end, get quotes, ask questions, and really educate yourself. You’ll be thankful for it when all is said and done. If you want to see samples, make an appointment and come in. If you can’t, then you can ask for samples to be sent to you. Don’t be surprised though, if they say that they can’t send samples of the books. Many of us out there retain no rights or ownership to your book (make sure that you find a printer with that policy!!) so we can’t really send you a sample, because we don’t have the right to. With that being said, if that is the case, ask the printer if you can send them in a page or two for them to print up a sample for you. There may or may not be a cost associated with this, depending on the printer your are working with, and the number of pages that you want in your sample. Ask, and ye shall receive! For more information on publishing your book, visit our website

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We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our team. These will be the main contributors for most blogs you will see here. Kevin Lanuke, President and CEO Kevin Lanuke is the President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and founder of Blitzprint Inc. His experience in business operations, administration and technology management, combined with his strong vision and enterprising attitude, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the print and publishing industries. His experiences with the innovation of traditional business processes and the implementation of new technologies within existing business models provide other business-minded people with invaluable insight into the world of business, print on demand and electronic publishing. Continually striving for a competitive edge, Kevin places his printing operations at the forefront of printing technology.  Blitzprint has taken the process one step further, becoming one of the first Canadian companies to offer digital book manufacturing and publishing services. Kevin de Groot, VP - Plant Manager Kevin de Groot is responsible for the development of the company’s digital business, as well as overseeing the daily operations of the digital production process and offset operations. Kevin has developed over 35 years of experience in the printing business, with 20 years focused in the digital arena.  In the past, Kevin’s technical and business abilities have helped him develop a large and loyal clientele base. Trish Romanchuk, Manager – Book Division Trish Romanchuk helps writers become authors and authors become publishers. Her 4 years with Blitzprint's book division has enabled her to become one of the most experienced self-publishing consultants in Canada. 1000’s of authors have entrusted her to help them with all aspects of the publishing cycle from book layout, print and marketing/advertising consultation.