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Some Helpful Advice on Copyright, ISBNs, and More

Books leading to a door in a brick wallJoel Friedlander is always a wonderful resource. Today’s “Mailbag” covers some important questions about copyright and ISBNs, as well as some questions about vendors and formatting decisions. Check it out!

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5 Legal Terms Every Author Should Know…

We never hear this enough! Thanks, Chris!

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Extract from an article by Writer and Lawyer Helen Sedgwick:

What is the worst mistake an indie author can make?

A bad book cover? A poorly edited manuscript? A hokey website?

No. It’s losing control over your work.legal terms

Pause and Read the Fine Print

Your work is valuable property, just like your car or home. You wouldn’t hand over your car keys to a stranger you met on the internet. You wouldn’t let someone with a slick website move into your guest room. Yet, every day, writers click ACCEPT to contracts with self-publishing companies that take too much control over the author’s work.

Why? Because they can’t bring themselves to read the fine print.

If you are like most people, online contracts with all those legal terms look like 5000 words run through a blender. My goal is to show you where and what to look for, so you can…

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COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?

Follow up to the post below about book theft! Chris the Story Reading Ape supplies links and specific advice, as well as a DMCA form letter and a way to find the offending server. Keep this page!

VERY IMPORTANT!!! DO NOT SEND THE OFFENDING SITE A DIRECT NOTICE. They may be a click farm looking for you email and you will be infected with a virus. If they are on Facebook – Use Facebook’…

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A Reassuring Post at The Book Designer on Piracy

 

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David Kudler, at Joel Friedlander’s site, reassures us that book piracy may exist but it’s manageable—and who knows, maybe even a good thing once in a while. Have you been through this? How did you deal with it? Let us know!

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The problem of book theft …

A really scary story! It seems important to make sure that when we buy a book from a new site that we’re actually supporting the actual author. Let Susan know if you’ve seen or experienced anything like this!

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Close to two years ago, I discovered that my eBooks, both of them, were being listed for sale on a site about which I’d never heard before. They were not under contract to sell my eBooks nor was I receiving any payment for the nearly 1000 times the site reported my novel had already been downloaded. There was a link on the site authors could write to, if they felt their copyright had been infringed. So I wrote, asked them to take down my books, and … nothing happened. That’s when I contacted my friend Tim Baker, whose books were also listed on the site, and he wrote this blog post about our experience. Many of our friends also took up the cause, sharing this blog post and following up with more information as they heard of it – good friends like Chris Graham who blogs as The Story…

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