Sample Book Copyright Page

The copyright page is traditionally the second side of the first page of the book. It is critical that your book contain a copyright page for legal reasons. Here is what should go on that copyright page, and how it should be laid out.

copyright page First, the copyright page should be in its correct location. That is, imagine you are holding a book in your hands. The very first page you see when you open the book normally has the book's title on it. Then when you turn that page, on the back side of it, all the copyright information is there.

That copyright information is critical. It shouldn't be in the back of a book. It should be right up front.

A copyright page should not have any page numbers or other header / footer information on it.

This is the "page 2" copyright page for my Believing your Eyes romance novel.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Shea

All rights reserved.

Cover design by Debi Gardiner /
Book design by Lisa Shea

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author. The only exception is by a reviewer, who may quote short excerpts in a review.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the authorís imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Lisa Shea
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Printed in the United States of America

First Printing: July 2012
Minerva Webworks LLC

ISBN-13 978-0-9798377-1-5

A few notes:

* With print on demand being what it is, you might not be able to say WHERE your book was actually printed. That is, if you're using Amazon they could have a print shop set up in the UK and when people buy your book from London it's the UK print shop that prints-on-demand and sends the book to them. So if you're using a print-on-demand system and know that they have locations in multiple countries, leave off the "printed in" line.

* The ISBN number of a book is version specific. That is, the ebook version has a DIFFERENT ISBN than the print version. That is because when a person orders an ISBN of a book that ISBN specifies which version they will get. So make sure you update the ISBN to be correct for the print version vs ebook version.

* If you are writing about a medical topic, such as exercise or weight loss, it is probably a good idea to talk with a lawyer about what types of disclaimers you should include on this page. While no disclaimer is ever fool-proof, it's better to show you at least tried than you simply ignored the issue.

Be sure to also consider if you want to include a Printers Key on your Copyright Page

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