You’ve done it. You’ve finally done it. You finished that eBook that you’ve been working on and now you are figuring out what’s next. A small section that many self-publishers don’t think they need, or simply forget about is the disclaimer.
Most books have them (as well as websites, CDs, and more) and you will want to include one as well. (Read: You will want to include a disclaimer!)
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Self-publishers often do not have the means of hiring an attorney to write this short section, but that is the safest way to protect yourself from lawsuits. However, many will look around other books similar to their own and reword their disclaimer. If you choose this route, it’s best to look at books published by the traditional (large) publishing houses. They typically will have a law department or legal staff who writes their disclaimers.
What is a disclaimer?
A disclaimer is typically a statement saying that you may not be held liable, or responsible, for anything based on what you wrote (or said). Basically disclaimers are meant to help avoid unnecessary lawsuits and protect the author.
Disclaimers for eBooks
Typically a disclaimer is found on the Copyright page within eBooks. The majority of books, including eBooks, have this located in the beginning section of the book. The type of disclaimer needed will differ based on the type of book. For example, a fictional eBook probably won’t need a ‘seed medical advice before reading this book’ type of disclaimer as it will not be offering health advice.
A general disclaimer is good practice to inform the reader(s) what they may and may not do with the eBook.
Fictional Stories and Novels
If your eBook is fictional, then you will want to include a disclaimer regarding names and descriptions of people to protect the privacy of others.
Medical or Health Related
If your eBook is health related, then you will want to include a disclaimer stating the reader should seek advice from a medical professional before attempting anything in the book.
Business, Advice and Making Money Related
If your eBook contains business strategies or steps to make money, then you will want to include a disclaimer that states you make no guarantees that the reader will achieve the same results.
And there you have it. Several copy and paste copyright page disclaimers you can use within your eBooks to let readers know what they are allowed to do with the eBook. It’s a way to protect yourself and your content. You may, or may not, be surprised to learn that some people would believe that by paying for the eBook they get the rights to do what they want with it. That’s why disclaimers are so important.
(Remember we are not lawyers, so please talk to a licensed professional before using any of the disclaimers listed here.)
By the way, did you notice there are actually 12 disclaimers in this post? (Tip: It’s usually best to go above and beyond on your website.)