Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Many of your frequently asked questions regarding PPG-specific policies and procedures will be answered by clicking on the above links and visiting the various other pages on this website. For general book publishing questions and answers, please read below.

What is an ISBN?

Your frequently asked questions answered by Kim Staflund

“ISBN” stands for “International Standard Book Number.” An ISBN is a unique 13-digit identifier for each edition of your book. For example, the paperback version of your book will have one ISBN, the hardcover version will have another, and the ebook version will have yet another, et cetera.

An ISBN is required for all books being produced for commercial use with Amazon as an exception. Amazon attaches its own unique ASINs to the ebooks uploaded to its site. ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number.

Each country in this world should have its own national ISBN agency where the authors/publishers from that region can obtain ISBNs for their books. You can find your closest agency via the International ISBN Agency by visiting this link: Or, in most cases, PPG can obtain an ISBN for you if you use our publishing services.

“Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”
~United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

What is Copyright?

Merriam-Webster described copyright as a “Noun: The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work).”

Click here to sneak a peek inside for answers to even more frequently asked questions (Canadians).

How Do I Obtain Copyright Ownership of My Work?

As the original creator of your manuscript, you own 100 percent of all of the rights to reproduce, publish, sell, and distribute your words in whatever manner you see fit. Your manuscript belongs to you and you alone—from the moment you write it. It is only when you decide that you want to publish your manuscript into book format that the copyright ownership of that work might shift to someone else, depending on which publication method you choose.

By publishing your book through PPG, your copyright ownership will remain intact. We ensure it. We write it into your publishing agreement and all other work-made-for-hire agreements we create for your project.

How Do I Protect My Copyright?

This is, perhaps, the real question writers are asking when they refer to the copyright of their books. And the answer is simple: You protect it by proving that you are the true copyright owner of the work. This can be done free of charge. Simply send yourself a copy of the manuscript via date-stamped registered mail and store that sealed envelope in a fireproof/waterproof container.

How Long Does Copyright Last?

Each country is a little different; but, as a general rule, copyright lasts for the life of the author, the remainder of the calendar year in which the author dies, and for 50 (or more) years following the end of that calendar year.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Sneak a peek inside this book for answers to even more frequently asked questions (International).

How does working with a publisher in another country affect my copyrights?

Is quoting another author’s work in my book copyright infringement?

You can find answers to these additional copyright questions inside How to Publish A Bestselling Book … and Sell It WORLDWIDE Based on Value, Not Price! from an actual trademark, copyright and entertainment attorney named Ian Gibson, Esq..

Do you wish to delve deeper into your own country’s copyright laws?

Or do you require formal legal advice about a specific book project or publishing contract?

In these instances, Ian Gibson recommends that you consult an experienced attorney licensed in your area for more personalized assistance.

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