To copyright your self published book is an essential step. Your book or ebook is the fruit of your labor ... it's your intellectual capital and it just makes sense to take the steps to protect your work. (If your book will be published by a major publishing company or p.o.d. publisher, the publisher will take care of this step.)
The idea behind the copyright is to register your book or ebook with
the Library of Congress to protect your expression of ideas. Understand
that the ideas themselves cannot be copyrighted, but the way you string
words together in your unique expression of ideas is what is actually protected. Once you
copyright your self published book, you will have proof that your book
or ebook (and its expression and content) existed on a certain date. Later,
if someone tries to mimic this, your copyright
will serve as evidence of ownership and the date it was created.
make the mistake of thinking that sending yourself a copy of your book
in the mail is enough to prove that you created the work by a certain
date. Instead, take the time and spend the money to register your
Know that book titles cannot be copyrighted. Despite this, it is best to steer clear of previously published titles to avoid confusion. Before deciding on a title for your book, check Amazon, Books in Print and Forthcoming Books in Print.
Technically, once you've written your first draft (expressed your
ideas by using a particular phrasing of words), your copyright exists,
although this will probably not hold up in court, so protect yourself
now by applying for your copyright.
About the Author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting and the ebook, Keepers of the Children Companion Workbook/Journal. She is also the publisher of Family Matters Parenting Newsletter.
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