What is ISBN and Copyright? Do i need them?

Thinking of publishing a book? Are many questions popping in your mind for which you seek answers? We have dived into our vast publishing experience and compiled a list of questions and answers that focus on the subject of ISBN and Copyright. This posts will keep you armed with all the necessary information, so you can make an informed decision when you step out to publish your book.

Do I need an ISBN number and how can I get an ISBN?

Getting ISBN numbers for both Print Book & Ebook: This is a query that many authors come up with, what is an ISBN and will they get an ISBN number from us? The full form of ISBN is International Standard Book Number. ISBN number is a unique number given to every book around the world.

An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants. This is used for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition, and format.

ISBN is the thirteen-digit number, which replaces the handling of long bibliographic descriptive record (name of region, book and publisher details). ISBN is known throughout the world as a short and clear machine-readable identification number and is unique for every book. This unique number is required to enable you to distribute your book online and in physical stores, libraries etc.

A publisher will allot an ISBN number to your book, or you can independently apply for it from Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library.

Do I need to Copyright my Manuscript? 

Authors often come to us worried that their creativity may be copied and is it a must for them to have the copyright registered for their book contents? Our belief is that if your work is a work of fiction, there is no need to have a Copyright registered right away. As soon as your book is written and published, as per The Indian Copyright Act, 1957, you have an exclusive right over the contents of your book. If anyone copies your content without your permission, it is plagiarism.

You must find out whether the publisher is keeping the copyright of your book? A Copyright page is at the beginning of the book which clearly states your name, establishing that it is your Intellectual Property alone.

However, an Author can wish to have their book registered through a government agency, the publisher often helps with the same.