Protecting your book under copyright law is simple and easy. You can find many online copyright registries where you can get your book copyrighted at an affordable price.
If you want your book to be protected by copyright, then it should fall under a category that copyright protects. Books would normally fall under literary works since it is a nondramatic textual work expressed with words, numbers, or symbols and may or may not contain illustrations.
One requirement to copyright books is originality. IF you did not directly copy it from someone else, then your book is original. It can be based on someone else’s work or it can be a derivative work and both are permissible under copyright law.
Some components of creativity is found in original books. The order and types of recipes your select in a book of compiled recipes must be original so that it can be protected by copyright law. However, the actual listing of ingredients is not protected by copyright law but what would be protected is the detailed expression of the methods, directions, tips and serving suggestions.
You don’t need to have an original storyline but the actual words and sentences of the story must be yours and not copied. So, if there are a thousand books about a certain general subject, each one can own the copyright to their specific expression of their book.
Your book should be put in a form that will allow for copyright protection. IN order to qualify as a literary work under copyright law, your book must be put in a fixed form. It should either be written down or saved on your hard drive. Once you have a tangible form of your work, it would be considered fixed and thus can be protected by copyright law.
You work will the be automatically protected under copyright law once your have completed the steps above. Even with copyright protection, you will still have a difficult time proving that you are the original creator of the book if infringement occurs. This is the reason why writers choose to register their books with a copyright registry.
You can register your book with any copyright registry but if you want to take your claim to court, you need to register it with the US Copyright Office.
IF you search online using the keywords ‘protect copyright’, then you will be given a list of copyright registries online. Make sure that there are no hidden costs with the registry you are using and choose one that will protect your book all throughout the life of copyright which is 50 to 70 years. With your book registered in a copyright registry, you will be able to prove that you are the original author in case infringement occurs.