Copyright is the legal protection of your original intellectual property. You cannot copyright ideas or book titles, only content such as books, stories, poetry, music and movies. According to law, your material becomes protected as soon as it is created and available for viewing. Whenever you ask someone for a testimonial or you wish to quote from another author's words, you will need their signed permission before you can legally publish those words in your ebooks, marketing materials or web site. Otherwise, the person can sue you for infringement.
Although registering a copyright for your books is recommended, legally, copyright exists from the moment your work is created. Registering with the U.S. Copyright Office is necessary, however, if you wish to sue someone for infringement of your material. Cost for registering a copyright is $30 per book. Download the registration forms online from: copyright.gov. ( Use Form TX for most books.) Fill in the forms online and then print and mail with your payment and copies of your books to: Library of Congress, Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC 20559
For information on how copyright and other issues affect you from a legal standing, see copylaw.com and publaw.com. These sites contain many free articles and reports that can help you learn how to avoid potential legal hassles. Another excellent site with free reports on publishing law is ivanhoffman.com.
On the back cover of every book or CD available through bookstores or libraries are barcodes. Although, downloadable ebooks will not require a barcode, CD's and print-on-demand books will. Barcode labels are electronically scanned at the checkout counters as a way of saving time from punching in numbers. There are several types of barcoding formats. For selling to bookstores, use the EAN - Bookland format.
A free barcode generator outputs files as EPS images that you can place on your paper book covers: tux.org/~milgram/bookland/ .
Library of Congress (LCC) number
A Library of Congress number is not necessary to market your ebooks. Having LCC numbers for paper bound books was once thought to help increase sales to libraries. I've heard some publishers say it won't make much difference. Cost of acquiring an LCC is free. For services available to publishers in getting an LCC number or in relation to the Library of Congress, visit: http://www.loc.gov/.
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