• E. Rachael Hardcastle

What Should Go On Your Copyright Page?

What is the copyright page?

A copyright page is usually at the front of the book, behind the title page, and includes:

  • Copyright notice

  • Publisher's information

  • Edition number

  • ISBN

  • Cataloging date

  • Legal notices

  • Printing history

  • Year and number of printing

  • Credits for photography, illustrations, edits, etc

Do I need to include it all?

You don't need to include all of this information, but you do have to use one of the following:

  • The copyright symbol ©

  • The word 'copyright'

  • Abbreviation 'copr'

You should not use (c). This should be followed by the year and the owner.

For example: © 2017 E. Rachael Hardcastle.

An Example

I removed the publisher's address and some other sections that, because I'm independently published, didn't really apply to me. The following is an example taken from Finding Pandora, written using advice I found by searching 'copyright page content' online.

Copyright © 2017 by E. Rachael Hardcastle

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.

Printed in the United States of America

First Printing, 2010



Still struggling?

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The advice I give in this post is based purely on my own experiences and research. I recommend you do further research to decide on your copyright page's content prior to publishing.

As always if you need advice or clarification in relation to this content, please feel welcome to get in touch with me.

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