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ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
One company in the U.S. issues and governs the tracking of all the ISBN numbers purchased by publishers. When a publisher assigns an ISBN to a book, it then is required to register the book title and author name with the ISBN company.
An International Standard Book Number is like a social security number for an individual. If copies of your book will be donated to a library, they prefer it have one, but it is usually not required. The ISBN number identifies publisher name, the country in which it resides, and the number assigned to a specific book. We offer that service if you wish.
If a book contains an ISBN belonging to us, then we must keep one copy on hand. An ISBN is not required for a privately-published book. It is for a commercial book simply because that number is how it is identified, found, ordered, and tracked within the book industry.
Library of Congress
If an ISBN number is elected, we also offer the service of securing a Library of Congress number. The Library of Congress number is not required, however. If your book is a detailed history that may be of interest to many people, the Library of Congress will register your book in their database (this is not a copyright). Many people search their database looking for books. As publisher, if your book has a Library of Congress number, we must send them one of your finished books. It is from this finished book that they obtain the info they need for their database.
When to Copyright
Copyright law today says that placing the copyright symbol or writing the word Copyright on your copyright page, along with the year and your name legally establishes your ownership to it. Doing so also requires that you send one finished and bound book to the Copyright Office. However, you are not required to place a copyright notice in your book.
Do place a statement on the copyright page saying you give permission to others to quote from your book, or not. Some authors want the right to give written permission only; others are willing for material to be used without permission. If permission is required, your copyright page (this is the back side of the Title page) should provide a telephone number or address.
A person can elect either an unregistered copyright or if a legal issue ever arises, having a registered copyright gives you case more weight.
Whether you use a copyright symbol or not on this page, it is still referred to as the "copyright" page.
Costs for these services:
ISBN is $125.00, plus one book for us to keep on hand as publisher.
Library of Congress number is $100, plus one book to send.
Unregistered Copyright is $75.00, plus one book to send.
Registered Copyright is $150, plus two books to send to the copyright office.
Required books must be sent by us, the publisher, if our ISBN is in the book.
We fill out the copyright papers showing you as
the copyright holder, with your address. When formalized papers are
received from the Copyright office, we forward those to you.
If you have questions, please feel free to call us 1 800 360-5284 or you may submit them via Contact Us.