Copyright Page - What to Put on Yours

Want to know what information to put on the copyright page? If you're new to self publishing, you might not know. In this article, you'll learn what to include and how to format the page, so your book looks professional to readers, reviewers, librarians and bookstore buyers alike.

The information included on your page will be different depending on whether you are self-publishing a book or ebook. Self-published books that are physical books must have a LCCN (Library of Congress Catalog Number) which is inserted into your PCIP (Publishers Cataloging in Publication) which is provided by Quality Books and other companies. The PCIP is the properly formatted block of data that you insert at the bottom of your copyright page (see example below) which identifies your book (by the LCCN and gives librarians the categories in which to shelve your book.

The LCCN and CIP are of primary importance if you expect your book to be purchased by libraries.

Generally, an ebook has less information on this page because it does not have a PCIP and LCCN. Both ebooks and physical books should have the following information:

  • Title of the book, subtitle, author name
  • Name and address of publishing company
  • Copyright notice and statement
  • Attributions for cover design, photo etc.
  • A medical or legal disclaimer (if appropriate to the subject matter of your book).

Since the layout of this page is important, I have included a copy of mine from my parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting which illustrates the proper format.

Use it as a guide to create a copyright page for your book.

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