Analysis of a Copyright Page

Every book needs a copyright page. That much is certain. But what information do you really need on this page? What information is essential, and what is optional? Using Blitzprint’s Copyright Page as an example – which can be requested here – let’s break the text down piece by piece.

First off, the copyright page usually goes on the second page of your book. First page is the title page (on a right facing page), and the second page is the copyright page (on the left facing page). This is not the mandatory location of the copyright page, but it is the most optimal. If I am asked by a client where to put the copyright page, Page 2 is what I recommend.

Essential:

© Copyright 2019 by (Author or Publisher name goes here)

It is essential that you list your name (or the name of your publisher) after the copyright symbol, wording, and year of publication. Technically, your book is protected under copyright law the moment you write it. However, it doesn’t hurt to say as much on your copyright page.

Essential:

(BOOK TITLE GOES HERE)

It is essential you list the title of your book. You cannot copyright a title; other books may have the same title as you. However, linking your title to your story identifies it as a unique work of art created by you.

Optional:

All rights reserved–no part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, or by any information storage or retrieval system except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review, without permission in writing from the publisher.

This ‘All Rights Reserved’ text is optional, but why not add it? It states clearly what a reader cannot do with your work. You can also just write: ‘All Rights Reserved’ and leave the rest unsaid.

Optional:

Author Name

City, Province

You have already listed your author name beside the copyright symbol, so it is optional to list it again here. You can also add the city and province in which you reside, if you feel it would be beneficial.

Essential:

ISBN (XXXXXXXXXXXXX)

If you are going to sell your book, even just locally or to friends and family, you need an ISBN.

It is a 13-digit code you get free of charge from Library and Archives Canada. Just set up an account, and you will have your ISBN within ten business days. For more information on the ISBN process, read our recent blog: The ISBN: What, Why, How?

Optional:

Cover design, lettering and illustration by XXXXXX

Printed and bound in Canada by Blitzprint Inc.

Published by: name

(address – optional)

(website – optional)

The first line is entirely optional. The second line is mandatory: we always need to state in which country a book is printed. The last three lines are optional: you have already added your name in the above section, and it is up to you how much personal information you want to list in your book. If you have a website, it doesn’t hurt to put it here. After all, you want your readers to access it and learn more about you, and any other books you have printed or upcoming titles you have in the works.

One last thing…

Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) is a voluntary program of cooperation between publishers and libraries, and a free service in Canada. Unfortunately, CIP service has been discontinued for self-published materials. Library and Archives Canada recommends that authors of self-published books consider approaching their local libraries or bookstores about opportunities to promote their works.


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