Saturday Q & A With the Book Designer 04: Copyright Questions

by | Jun 11, 2011

This week I’m answering several questions about copyrighted images and using them in your books. These are questions that came from a blog reader about a book that’s she helping publish for a nonprofit.

I do digress at one point to tell a copyright story that just happened to me, and the video finishes with some advice about using images you find on the web.

If you have a question you’d like me to address next week, leave it in the comments. (If you can’t see the video, please reload or refresh the page.)

Discussed in this video:

  • Having more than one copyright notice on the copyright page
  • Recto and verso pages and how to tell one from the other
  • How copyright law protects content creators
  • Copyrighting images in a book
  • Do you need a copyright on every page?

Additional resources:

Self-Publishing Basics: The Copyright Page

Copyright page samples you can copy and paste into your book

Self-Publishing Basics: A 5-Minute Guide to Copyright

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Self-Publisher's-Quick-Easy-Guide-CopyrightWant to know more about copyright? Need some sample copyright pages to drop into your book? Confused about the things you read online about copyright? Check out this 30-page easy-to-read guide. Click The Self-Publisher’s Quick & Easy Guide to Copyright for more info, or Buy Now as PDF or Kindle.

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  1. judy schwartz

    thank you Joel for your information, it has helped me very much.
    I am trying to put my own book in a word formate to be printed. It is a funny diet book, and I can’t wait to get it finished. I have wrote to soldiers songs for our heros. You can view them on my website.
    Thank You again Judy S

  2. Dana Ross Martin

    Again, GREAT content—exactly what we need to know.
    And your delivery is engaging as well.
    Appreciated, sir.

    • Joel Friedlander

      Thanks, Dana. For a lifelong “print” guy, I’ve really been enjoying learning to make these videos.


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