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Susan

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Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 5:36 PM
 
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I created a Paperback version of my ebook, proofed it carefully, and approved it for publishing. Several book orders were placed after going LIVE a few days ago. Now on my bookshelf page, it is stating my Paperback is LIVE with unpublished changes re: title. I have not made any changes. I went back to the previewer and there were no changes noted. Then I decided to go on Amazon.com to see the live page of my book and there on both the front and back of my cover page are the words "Copyrighted Material" - marked 4x in total. Is this a hidden watermark? Or something KDP has added? I used Microsoft Publisher as my template, but I paid someone for my front cover design, which was also used in my ebook version. Any help would be much appreciated. I am absolutely mortified that people have purchased my book with copyright markings all over the cover!
booknookbiz

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 6:04 PM   in response to: Susan in response to: Susan
 
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Susan wrote:
I created a Paperback version of my ebook, proofed it carefully, and approved it for publishing. Several book orders were placed after going LIVE a few days ago. Now on my bookshelf page, it is stating my Paperback is LIVE with unpublished changes re: title. I have not made any changes. I went back to the previewer and there were no changes noted. Then I decided to go on Amazon.com to see the live page of my book and there on both the front and back of my cover page are the words "Copyrighted Material" - marked 4x in total. Is this a hidden watermark? Or something KDP has added? I used Microsoft Publisher as my template, but I paid someone for my front cover design, which was also used in my ebook version. Any help would be much appreciated. I am absolutely mortified that people have purchased my book with copyright markings all over the cover!

You mean, the "copyrighted material" markup, that's on every cover, front and back, for every print book on sale at Amazon, for the last 5+ years? Is that the "copyrighted material" text you mean? In the Look Inside, for the print book?

If that's what you are talking about, that text is on the front/back cover(s) of every single print book that's on sale. On Amazon, anyway. There's nothing for you to be "mortified" about. Anyone who has ever bought a book off of Amazon, in print, has seen that before.

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Amis

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 6:54 PM   in response to: Susan in response to: Susan
 
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It won't be on the physical copy that customers receive.
Susan

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 7:05 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Please forgive me if I have offended your senses somehow. I am a first-time author and was not aware of this process. Please don't bother to answer such ridiculous posts in your future. It is obvious that they are a waste of your time.
Susan

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 7:06 PM   in response to: Amis in response to: Amis
 
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Thank you very much for responding. Much appreciated.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 7:31 PM   in response to: Susan in response to: Susan
 
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Susan wrote:
Please forgive me if I have offended your senses somehow. I am a first-time author and was not aware of this process. Please don't bother to answer such ridiculous posts in your future. It is obvious that they are a waste of your time.

Don't worry too much. In the early days of the microcomputer revolution, one company was so paranoid about losing its rights that they printed a copyright notice at the bottom of every page of their technical manual. For real. No watermark. And no joking. So it's not like your concern didn't have precedent.

I will say that the on-screen-only "watermark" for the paperbacks tends to take the "snap" out of the color of the covers.
booknookbiz

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 20, 2018 8:13 PM   in response to: Susan in response to: Susan
 
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Susan wrote:
Please forgive me if I have offended your senses somehow. I am a first-time author and was not aware of this process. Please don't bother to answer such ridiculous posts in your future. It is obvious that they are a waste of your time.

I'm quite aware that you're a first-time author. But seriously, have you NEVER bought a paper book from Amazon? When you decided to become an author, you didn't look at other books on Amazon? Even just for cover design ideas?

I'm sorry that my reply embarrassed you, but honestly, I would have thought that the first thing you'd have done is go look at other people's books, both self-pubbed and trade-pubbed, to see if they had the same text on their covers. Right? That certainly would have been what I'd have done, had I not seen the "Copyrighted Material" tag on dozens or hundreds of other books before. I'm not offended that you asked the question; what wastes time is that you didn't bother to look around, on Amazon, even for five minutes before asking your question here.

Lastly, let me amend your statement: you're not only a "first-time author." You're now a publisher. That means that all the publisher's jobs are yours, including all the research, marketing and other work that is concomitant with publishing your book.

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MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 21, 2018 12:45 AM   in response to: Susan in response to: Susan
 
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The "live with unpublished changes" probably means you have changed something but haven't clicked through and republished. I don't know what it is but it sounds as if you have amended something on one of the three set up pages. I suggest you check each page carefully and if everything looks OK press publish again. The book will remain available to purchase while it goes through the hoops of republishing then the message you saw should disappear.
But do buy a copy of your book, it's the only way you will know what readers are seeing.
If you are using KDP Print you may have the option to buy a proof copy as this seems to be being rolled out now. Alternatively, just buy it the same way à reader would.
Notjohn

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Re: Published cover page showing "copyrighted material"
Posted: Jan 21, 2018 2:41 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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I would have thought that the first thing you'd have done is go look at other people's books, both self-pubbed and trade-pubbed, to see if they had the same text on their covers.

This has boggled me for years. It seems that not only had people never looked at an Amazon store display of a book, but had never looked at a book, let alone owned one. But now that I read your own amazement, it occurs to me that a more charitable view is simply that they have never REALLY looked at a book. All that trivial stuff -- that print books have half titles, that books almost never have multiple fonts, that ebooks on the Look Inside sample don't have page breaks, that Copyrighted Material appears on EVERY page (not just the covers) of the print edition Look Inside ... -- has simply been ignored, like the air they breathe.

Good luck! -- NJ

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