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 Post subject: Book TItle Directory
PostPosted: December 2nd, 2003, 10:21 pm 

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Isn't there some site or bank or reference where to check if there is an existing book by title. I have a title in mind, but I was somehow under the impression I needed to see if anyone else titled their book by that name. Or is that inaccurate information?


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PostPosted: December 6th, 2003, 5:33 pm 

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I've seen a handful of books that share the same/similar title :-) Not sure of the legalities though. For a database of books, in print and out of print, see:

Books In Print - http://www.booksinprint.com/bip/ and/or
US Copyright Office - http://www.copyright.gov/records/cohm.html

Hope this helps!


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2003, 10:29 pm 

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Titles are not copyrighted. However, it does make sense not to have the same title as a competitor in the same genre - you won't trick people into buying your book instead of a better-known author. All you need to do is plug your future title into Amazon.com and see what comes up. Read the blurbs of books with the same title and if they are a different genre to yours, then go ahead and use your title. That will give you a broad idea of the popularity of your title. If you are only intending to write a book for a very narrow market, eg a book specific to a single state or country, then go onto the website of your local bookstore(s) and libraries and search their catalogues for similar sounding titles. But remember (unless you're self-publishing) ultimately your title will only be a working title until a publisher accepts your book. The publisher will have their own say in what will be the most marketable final title for your book and they will do their own research.

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