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How important is an LCCN ? (self publishing)



The Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is not legally required for a self published book, but it is a mark of professionalism and it does have meta data (and other) advantages.

Why is LCCN important?

One of the most important reasons to obtain an LCCN for your book is for discoverability. Not only does the number help the Library of Congress maintain its catalog, but it helps librarians create their own catalog entries for new book acquisitions.

What is LCCN in publishing?

The Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is the number associated with the bibliographic record created by the Library of Congress or another library for a given book. Strictly speaking, the LCCN is the control number for the bibliographic record, not the book.

Is ISBN the same as LCCN?





The LCCN number differs from the ISBN number in that an ISBN is assigned to each edition or format of your book while the Library of Congress number is assigned to the work itself. This is a two-step process and can take anywhere from one to two weeks to complete.

Why do I need a Library of Congress number for my book?

A Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) is a unique identification number containing a year and serial number. It’s assigned by the Library of Congress to book titles that are likely to be added to its collection. I say likely because the number is assigned before a book is published.

Do I need an LCCN for my book?

We love the good old LoC, but a Library of Congress Catalog Control Number, or LCCN, is actually not required for every book. It’s not necessary to establish copyright, or to sell your book in the US. Some authors or publishers send their books to the Library of Congress, hoping to get it added to their collection.

Do self published books need LCCN?

It is only available to self publishers who have created a business and the PCN office will determine if you are eligible for a LCCN. Having a LCCN is one of the actions you take as a self publisher that makes you really more of an independent publisher or small press.



How much does an LCCN cost?



One of the questions we are frequently asked is, “What is a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) and how do I get one?” A LCCN is distributed for free by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and corresponds to a created record in their system that libraries across the country can look at if they want

How much is a LCCN?

Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN) – What is it and where do you get it? We are most happy to acquire the LCCN for you; the charge is $25.00. This is to cover the cost of the extra book being created and sent to the Library of Congress.

How do you get a LCCN?

To get an LCCN, you have to apply for one before your book is published. Once you receive your LCCN, that number is printed with the copyright information. Once your book’s been published, you’ll have to send one copy of the best edition to the Library of Congress.

How much does it cost to register a book with the Library of Congress?

The U.S. Copyright Office increased its registration filing fee to $45 for each application, effective July 1. Fees also increased for document recordation, supplementary registration, search services, certifications of records and additional certificates.

What does a LCCN number look like?

After December 2000, LCCNs consist of a two-character prefix (often containing blanks), a four-digit year, and a six-digit serial number.

How do I get my LCCN?

To start the LCCN application process, go to http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/ The Pre-assigned Control Number program assigns the LCCN number. This is a free service, but you must mail a published copy of your book to the Library of Congress. Audio books and eBooks are not eligible for LCCN assignment.

How much is a LCCN?

Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN) – What is it and where do you get it? We are most happy to acquire the LCCN for you; the charge is $25.00. This is to cover the cost of the extra book being created and sent to the Library of Congress.



What is the meaning of OCLC?

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes cooperation among libraries worldwide. More than 54,000 libraries in 109 countries use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve print and electronic library materials.

What does ISBN stand for?

International Standard Book Number

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a national and international standard identification number for uniquely identifying books, i.e., publications that are not intended to continue indefinitely.

Does the ISBN number matter?

If you need a particular edition or format for a book, the ISBN should guarantee to get the book you expect. This is particularly relevant with textbooks and other books that have been updated. Paperback editions and hardcover editions will have their own ISBNs.

Can two books have same ISBN number?

Two books may have precisely the same content but be issued different ISBNs because they come from different printings. Likewise, printing errors, etc., can in rare cases render two books different despite having the same ISBN. For nearly all cases, however, the one-to-one relationship holds.