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The Copyright Page of a Book

One thing all books have in common is the edition notice or copyright page as it's more widely called. As part of the front matter of a book layout, this is the page that contains information about the current edition and is usually located on the reverse side of the title page. It contains a copyright notice, some legal information, printing history (although with POD this has become less relevant), in some cases cataloguing information from a national library, and an ISBN that uniquely identifies the work. The importance of the copyright page is that it legally protects your writing from plagiarism. The copyright page is standard in any book in any genre. Self-published books are no different, so they should include a professionally prepared copyright/edition notice page.


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So let's break each of the elements down and give you an ideal template that you can directly copy and paste into your book:

1. A copyright notice and year.
This is usually the very first line of the copyright notice and should contain the name of the author of the book, not the publisher or the printer. The copyright symbol (©) should go next to the copyright owner's name. It should look like, © 2019 by Kenzie Nicholas, or can be spelled out Copyright © 2019 Kenzie Nicholas or Copyright © Kenzie Nicholas, 2019. All styles are widely used.


2. All Rights Reserved notice.
The phrase states that the copyright holder/author reserves all rights to reproduce the book. The right reserved notice phrase ("All rights reserved.") was created in the early 20th century at the Buenos Aires Copyright Convention, and while it's technically no longer needed (as owning a copyright means that the author holds all the rights anyway), it's still widely used in books. It's part of the long list of traditions that continues in the publishing industry.


3. ISBN.
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is necessary if you plan to sell your book. ISBN are normally 13 digits long, and the numbers correspond with regional codes, particular publishers, editions, etc. The ISBN is merely an identifier for your book; it has no legal weight. If you don't plan on selling your book, then there's really no need for an ISBN. An ISBN is also important as the barcode that goes on the back of the book is obtained directly from the ISBN. The standard barcode for books is an EAN-13 bar code.
An ISBN is assigned to each separate edition and variation (except reprintings) of a publication. For example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book will each have a different ISBN.


4. Library of Congress Control Number.
The Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is free to obtain and can be applied for, online. It simply shows that your book exists. While it's not necessary to have it, merely for printing or selling your book, it would be necessary in case you decide to have it shelved in libraries. US libraries won't accept a book unless it has a LCCN.


5. Disclaimer.
The disclaimer featured is normally used in fiction books and is included to protect you from potential lawsuits if your characters or plot lines resemble real people or events. This disclaimer acknowledges that some characters may resemble real people, yet it affirms that this is a work of your imagination. An example disclaimer notice:


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


6. Permissions notice.
If you borrow excerpts from any other work (another book, artwork, articles, etc.) you need to give credit on the copyright page.


7. Credits
A book is a work where a number of players are involved. There is the designers, the editors, the illustrators, in some cases the translators. These should all go in the copyright page. Giving them due credit, unless it's a very controversial book, is always appreciated on their behalf.

Design by Kenzie McKenzie
Cover photography by Kenzie McKenzie


8. Country of printer/printing edition.
This is where the book was printed and what edition it is (first or second or third, etc.). If you're using a POD printer, like KDP, while it's not technically necessary, you can still add it, as it might come in handy for customs purposes.


9. Publisher information.
Publisher information (such as the name and address) should be included in the copyright page. If you're self-publishing, this would be your information. Some self-publishers choose to create their own publishing company instead of simply going by their name. However if you're simply self publishing through KDP or other POD venues and don't want to share your address, etc. you are free to leave it out.

 

Here is an example. Feel free to copy it, tweak it and remove or add portions to it.

 

Copyright © 2010 by Kenzie Nicholas

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Permissions Coordinator,” at the address below.

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

ISBN: 987-00-00-000-0 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 987-00-00-000-0 (Paperback)

First Edition: January 2019

Design by Kenzie McKenzie
Cover photography by Kenzie McKenzie

The Press Company
2822 Frank Avenue
Massachusetts , MA 01238
www.thepresscompany.com

Printed in the United States of America

How to find the perfect design for your book

As our premade book cover catalog is expanding day by day, it might start getting difficult or too time-consuming to find a cover that matches your books needs. Currently we're hosting over 6000 pre-made book cover designs and soon are estimating to surpass the 10.000 mark.

While we do our best to categorize each and every cover under the right genre, it often happens that authors find a cover that covers their needs under a completely different category. For instance a romance cover might be found under poetry, or a poetry cover might be found under literary fiction. 

To make the process of finding the exact cover more easily we also offer a wide range of tags. You can see our most popular tags by simply clicking on them from the tag menu or you can search for specific tags. While the tags are not genre-oriented (meaning the genres are not included in the tags) they're doing an excellent job in finding a cover with elements that you need on it. Looking for a path and a man walking, simply write "path" and "man" and you will get numerous results. 

We're also trying to present to you a selection of covers that you find interesting by suggesting similar looking covers once you open a specific cover. In case you can't find the cover you're looking for, you can always drop us a line and we'll show you some examples as well. 

And as a last resort, we do offer custom made covers as well. While their price is higher, this is the service you will need if you have an exact vision of your cover. Rest assured, you will work with our best designers.

Book Cover for Sale! Why premade book covers might be the best choice for your next novel.

Premade does not mean mediocre. Premade does not mean ordinary. Quite on the contrary a premade book cover is many times the work of a bold spirit, a designer who has led his or her imagination run free and uninterrupted. The book cover designer knows the rules of design, the general landscape of the publishing industry and can thus create great book covers for the authors audience. Every book cover for sale on our site is a work-of-art.

Most importantly a premade book cover is a riskless and speedy purchase. WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get! You buy a world-class, professional work of design for the fraction of the price of what you would be paying had you worked directly with the designer behind it. Yes you can buy a book cover made specifically for your book from our system as well (see our custom designs service). But the book covers for sale on our site are by no means any less ambitious than what you would get had you worked with designer personally. And in the end of that design process you might not have been satisfied with the result and all the money and time you spent would have been in vain.

We are a book cover design service committed to only offering the most unique and eye-catching designs. Yes, it takes longer to create these covers, but in the end we're confident that you'll be satisfied with what you see and purchase from our service.  

Book cover designer - The artist in service of the author

A book cover designer is an artist in every sense of the word. The only difference is that the book cover designer is also a marketing expert. He or she is working with a specific goal - reflecting the content of the book and striving to make people buy the book. 

A book cover designer knows that the book cover is not intended to be hung at the wall in a living room. It doesn't always have to be decorative, beautiful or peaceful. Heck, there are times when it doesn't have to be aesthetic pleasing as well. It can be downright repulsive, offensive and controversial. A book cover design can be provocative, conflicting and downright politically "incorrect". It has to stir a debate, many times it has to be unconventional and unorthodox. While the rules for genre fictions are pretty much in place, other genres or genre-less books require more conceptual, abstract designs. 

A book cover designer has to have a deep knowledge of literature, history, fashion and contemporary politics and arts. While he or she is not an author, an historian or a politician, he or she has to be able to play around with the ideas and concepts of our generation. The book cover designer is a fashion designer, working on a canvas, a tablet. And just as fashion is evolving all the time, so is the design expectations of book covers. While many ideas and rules are deep-rooted in book cover designs, there are nevertheless always a flow of change and a serious reconstruction in the design landscape every minute we breath.

In the end the book cover designer is working best when left alone. As soon as the client or author start meddling with the design starts disintegrating, the holistic aspect is lost and while the client may be satisfied with the result, the hearth is lost. That is why we give our book cover designers complete freedom here at BookCoverZone. We want their imagination to run free and wild. Because we know that the best ideas comes from a free and unobstructed spirit.

How we design a book cover

We want you to buy a book cover that fits your story exactly. And it has to be unique.

The tools used for  designing a book cover can vary a lot. Sometimes illustrations are made, sometimes classical paintings are used and most often stock imagery is being used. Collage is a great part of the process of book design. Once the imagery has been decided upon, a suitable typeface for the genre, period and overall feel is selected. Then the layout is done in a variety of ways. Finally the best one is chosen by a board of designers.

When you buy a book cover from our site, rest assured that it was checked thoroughly before being put online. Each book cover we sell on our site takes around an hour to design, then another hour to check and re-check. The quality assurance procedure we have in place slows things down, but it guarantees that you'll have seamless experience while searching for and creating your book cover. 

The technical part of book cover design is the labor the designer has to endure. The imaginative part is a whole different story. We want our authors to be able to buy a book cover design that will fit their stories exactly. But just as there are millions of stories out there, so there must be a wide range of cover designs the authors can choose from. We strive hard to cover more genres, more ideas and more design languages. Every day is a design challenge for us. In the end, BookCoverZone is a work-in-progress and it will remain so as long as it's in service. Just like a good novel, BookCoverZone is a story that doesn't have a definite ending. We strive to write new chapters on our site, every day.

Why are Serif fonts seen as more formal and Sans Serif not?

A question designers hears all to often. Nevertheless an important one. For while political thrillers and historical fictions are almost exclusevly designed with Serif fonts, action and adventure novels are almost always designed with bold, powerful Sans Serif characters. And while every government building around the world, every presidential seal is created with Serif fonts, all car races are Sans Serif.


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The main reason, one could argue is that it’s simply because serif fonts are generally accepted to be more classic, elegant and established. Sans Serif fonts have a more utilitarian goal - they are mainly used to convey short, direct messages in the simplest form possible (hence their use in road signs, plate numbers, TV commercials and modern company logos) whereas sans serif fonts are used to convey larger chunks of knowledge and data. While sans serif fonts are easier to recognize it small or low-resolution surfaces, serif typefaces are generally easier to read because the added strokes make each character more distinctive. More distinctive letters means words that are easier for the eye to recognize quickly.


There is also a historical context, nevertheless. The Latin alphabet, which comes from Greek and Latin was mainly written on stone tablets and the strokes (serifs) were usually a technical necessity. However since most of the Western legal and “formal” culture is based on Greek and Latin, this “original” writing style (based on classical Roman capitals) has always been accepted as being more deep rooted. While sans serif fonts can be traced back thousands of years, sans serif fonts were designed only in the late 19th century. It’s only with the advent of mass production, mass marketing and technologies such as digital printing that sans serifs has gained popularity. So one has a vast historical and artistic heritage behind it, while the other is modern, practical and geometrical.

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