Publishing Legalities: Legal Deposit
As the name suggests, legal deposit is a legal requirement to ensure that copies of publications are deposited in libraries in the country in which they are published. In Australia, the Copyright Act 1968 and a number of State Acts require publishers to provide one copy of any work they publish to the National Library of Australia and to the relevant library/ies in the state in which it is published. Legal deposit ensures that your book can be identified and used by as many people as possible, now and in the future.
You should provide copies of your book for legal deposit as soon as possible after publication, although legal deposit libraries will contact publishers when they find that they have not received a publication required for legal deposit.
The time frame within which a book must be lodged with the appropriate libraries varies from state to state, but, generally, it must be deposited within one to two months of publication.
There is no charge for legal deposit.
An information brochure listing requirements and contact details for each state can be obtained by contacting:
Legal Deposit Unit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel (02) 6262-1312, Fax (02) 6273-4322Email:
Love of Books includes the legal deposit of your books as well as the process of the application of your CiP number if you select the CiP Services as an added option.
OUR ISBN PACKAGE TAKES CARE OF ALL OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS ALONG WITH PROVIDING THE 4 BOOKS FOR YOU TO SEND TO THE LIBRARIES.
EAN (GS1 – formerly the Australian Product Number):
EAN Australia administers the standard worldwide numbering and bar coding system used to identify products, goods, services, locations and shipments, in many different industry sectors. In the book sector, the EAN (GS1) can be calculated from the ISBN/ISSN.
EAN Australia provides this service and encourages publishers to join in order to receive many other benefits like newsletters, barcode testing, and the software to calculate digits from your ISBNs/ISSNs. The EAN number is then represented by an EAN 13 digit barcode.
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