How to Copyright Your Self Published Book

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.

Don't 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 copyright.

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.

copyright your self published book

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.

Copyright Your Self Published Book - Book Publishing

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Write, Self Publish and Sell Your Ebook on the Web.

Most-Read Articles

How to Write An Ebook

All About Publishing

Gifts for Writers

Promoting Your Book