What is a copyright page?

Copyright Page Example

A copyright page is the page that holds all the bibliographical information of the book such as publisher, copyright date, book edition or printing and if published in 1970 or later, will also have an ISBN. This page is typically located at the front of the book, on the back of the Title Page and is an incredibly vital part of the book although most readers ignore it completely.

The term of copyright for a particular work depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication. As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.

So lets break it down…

  1. Publisher Name: A good place to find the contact information of the publishing company. Some self publishers may choose to omit this section.
  2. Copyright Notice & Reservation of Rights: Here you’ll find such things as the copyright owner & current copyright date, edition of the book & any previous dates if it is a later edition copy as well as the infamous, “All Rights Reserved …” paragraph.
  3. Library of Congress Control Number & Cataloging In Publication Data: or CIP data basically makes it possible for libraries to accept a book as well as providing identifiers and classification info to collectors & booksellers
  4. ISBN: The International Standard Book Number is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally.
  5. Printers Key: The printer’s key, or number line, is a line of text used to indicate the print run.
  6. Credits: A place to recognize producers, cover designers, illustrators, photographers, editors & any other team members an author may wish to acknowledge.
  7. Disclaimer: A clear statement to protect an author from potential lawsuits in the event they unwittingly depict a person, place or thing that significantly resembles another person, place or thing.
Copyright Page

A few other things you might find on a copyright page…

  • Permissions Notice: Credits given to anything an author may have used or borrowed.
  • Author Website or Contact info: Usually done by self published authors but also by anyone wanting to be contacted about their work šŸ˜€
  • Country & Printing Edition: When & where the book was printed as well as edition, if not already stated in the copyright notice & reservation rights.