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Initial post: Jan 27, 2011 9:40:15 AM PST
I want to publish a book for the kindle. Does anyone know how I secure a copyright for the publication? Does amazon do it for you?


Posted on Jan 27, 2011 9:48:56 AM PST
JenL says:
DJ, if you go to it has all the information and tools you need to copywright. I haven't gone through the process yet as my first book is still in the "writing" stage but I've researched it and it looks pretty easy and straightforward.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 9:57:32 AM PST
Dittie says:
Let's assume you mean

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 10:04:40 AM PST
LynnL says:
You don't need to do anything to get a copyright. A work is copyrighted by being recorded in some tangible form. There are no formal requirements to assert copyright and haven't been in many years.

You do need to register your copyright before you can sue anyone for violating it, but you can do that at a later date. If you want to do that, you can fill out the forms or even register electronically at

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 10:07:56 AM PST
Fuzzy says:
OP: You are being given some good information and some very bad information. I will let you figure out which is which. Go to for the correct information that you need to legally copyright your work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 10:08:57 AM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
Important thing to realize is found on "Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device." If you want to *register the copyright, that's a different matter. Two copies to the Library of Congress along with the appropriate form filled out and a small fee attached. Why do that? The automatic, unregistered copyright will allow you to take (legal) steps to stop someone else from publishing your work without permission, but you cannot sue for money damages unless the copyright is registered.

Good luck to you D.J Najarian! I've been tweaking a book for Kindle publication for some time now - it's not as easy as it would seem if the book includes footnotes and photographs! Hope yours is all text. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 10:10:30 AM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
What's the "bad information," Chief?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 10:13:27 AM PST
Dittie says:
I don't know why this is directed toward me, but okay.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 1:50:59 PM PST
krystalspin says:
At the bottom center of this page (and most if not all Amazon pages) there is a link "Self-Publish With Us". Not for copyright info, but other stuff you'll want to know.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 2:15:44 PM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
I wuz just joinin' the conversation, ..

(Punctuating that required more thought than I'm really capable of at the moment; it's 5:15pm and a chilled Pinot Grigio is at hand.)

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 2:46:23 PM PST
e-book ninjas did a podcast on this a few months ago. See their podcast #10 (isbns and copyright page) at

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 8:04:04 PM PST
David, the process of registering your copyright online is as easy as buying a hard copy of a book from Amazon. Once you have prepared a copy of your work preferably as a PDF, you upload it to the copyright office and fill out the credit card information on the site.

The point of copyrighting a work is the ability to PROVE it's yours. While the work is technically protected from the moment you put pen to paper, it is a whole lot easier to prove you own the rights to a work if you have registered it with the copyright office. For another $35.00 after you have secured the copyright on the first draft, you can then re-register the final published version and every subsequent re-release.

Bob Cherny
Seeds Of Anger
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