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Front Matter
Copyright Page

A copyright page (or edition notice) immediately follows the title page of a book and details technical information regarding content. This page is commonly used by librarians and book sellers to help catalogue the book for store shelves.

The components of a copyright page are as follows:


The first sentence of your copyright section should read “Copyright © (Publication Year) by (Author Name)". For example, a book written by John Smith in 2007 would read as follows:

Copyright © 2007 by John Smith.

This is also the place to include an “All Rights Reserved” block of text. This text is fairly standard across modern books:

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without written permission except in the case of brief quotations included in critical articles and reviews. For information, please contact the author.

International laws state the country of origin must be printed on the copyright page of your book.

Printed and Bound in ...

If your book is a work of fiction and its characters are not based on real people, it’s best to note this on the copyright page as well in an “All Persons Fictitious” disclaimer:

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

For more information regarding copyright registration, please visit the Copyright article.


An ISBN is only required for selling your books in retail outlets; if you plan on distributing your books personally, ISBN registration is unnecessary. Otherwise, ISBN Registration is strongly advised.

An ISBN is always displayed on its own line:


ISBN numbers are 13 digits in length. Each binding style requires its own ISBN number.

Paperback: 978-X-XX-XXXXXX-X
Hardcover: 978-X-XX-XXXXXX-X
Edition / Printing History

Your first printing of a title will be the first edition and first printing:

First Edition First Printing

Significantly adding to, or editing the content of the book would increase the number of editions. If you’re simply reprinting your book without any changes being made to the content, your text would read:

First Edition Second Printing
Collaborator Credits

If you had direct assistance with the book, or have another person’s text, illustrations, or images included in the book, these people should be listed on the copyright page:

Illustrations by Jane Smith
Cover Illustration Copyright © 2007 by John Smith

If you have people or organizations that helped you indirectly (or simply people you would like to mention) you can do so on an Acknowledgments Page

Library of Congress Control Number

The Library of Congress Control Number is a series of numbers (12 characters in length) issued by the Library of Congress to help libraries and bookstores access the correct cataloging data. Most self-published books do not contain the Library of Congress Control number.

Cataloging in Publication (CIP)

The CIP is basic cataloging information used by libraries. If obtained, this information is normally printed in the bottom half of the title page. The CIP in most countries is not available for self-published books as it is designed only for books which are to be widely distributed to libraries across the country.

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