eBook Copyright Page: Structure & Examples
Many writers, while publishing their first book, find the process of creating a copyright page often confusing. As a part of the front matter, copyright page is an important part of a well-formatted eBook. Copyright page is a standard requisite for any book, be it fiction, non-fiction, or educational. The same holds true for eBooks as well.
What is a Copyright Page?
The United States Library of Congress explains that the copyright protects, “original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.”
A copyright page is usually found on the back of the book’s title page. In books, the content of this page starts in the mid-way and is centered, or it is justified to left corner of the page.The copyright page in an eBook is similar and it appears after the title page, and before dedication or table of content page.
The following sample will give you a template of a copyright page.
Why have a Copyright Page
Having a copyright page ensures that no one can recreate or reproduce any part of the book under their name. Anyone who attempts to plagiarize the content of the book has face legal charges. It is important for self-publishers as well to include the page since nobody wants to take a risk with the book that they have worked so passionately to create.
A copyright page is probably the first part that a bookseller, distributor, or librarian looks at, and hence, making it an important aspect of book marketing as well.
Structure of a Copyright Page
When you create an eBook, make sure you pay attention to getting the copyright page correct. Normally, more the information given in a copyright page, the more protection the writer and the book has. It might be a daunting task to create a copyright for your eBook, but it doesn’t have to be. Here, we will help you understand the components that go into creating a copyright page.
The structure of a copyright page constitutes of:
1. Copyright notice
The purpose of the copyright notice is to declare the ownership of the book making it an essential component. It includes:
- Copyright: the copyright symbol (“©”) is added before the copyright owner’s or author’s name.
- Copyright Holder’s name: it has the writer’s name or owner’s name. Pseudonym or pen name can be used as well.
- Year of publication: mention the year the eBook was first published.
All these components together give the copyright notice. For instance, a typical copyright notice will be this way, Copyright © Oliver Twist, 2019 or Copyright © 2019 Oliver Twist.
2. Rights Reserved Notice
The familiar sentence “All Rights Reserved” is found here. You have a statement asking the readers to respect the writer’s book and rights. Here are examples of the notice to give you a better idea.
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or used in any manner without written permission of the copyright owner except for the use of quotations in a book review.
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form on by an electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review.
3. Type of Edition
The information includes whether the eBook is a first, second, or third publication. It is given in different ways, namely:
First edition, 2019
This part gives credits to anyone who has contributed immensely to the creation of this eBook. Most eBooks include the name of illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, and cover designers. Here are a few examples:
Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Judy Anderson
Design by Lauren White
Cover photography by Aaron Brand
An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is essential if a writer plans to sell their book. It is13 digits long, and the numbers correspond with the regional codes, particular publishers, editions, etc. The ISBN is an identifier for your book and is used worldwide by publishers and bookstores. An example would be, ISBN 978-1-4676-4006-6 (eBook).
The disclaimer is used to protect the writer from any potential lawsuit if any characters resemble real people or events. Here, you acknowledge that the characters are inspired from real life people or are fictional. Both fiction and non-fiction use disclaimer in the copyright page. For instance, an example of disclaimer in
Fiction: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Creative Non-fiction: This is work of creative non-fiction. Some parts have been fictionalized in varying degree, for various purposes.
7. Publisher Details
Information of the publisher, including the name and address is included here.If you’re self-publishing, you can include your name or create a name for your imprint along with an address and URL, if you choose.