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Writers protect their work by reading and understanding the Canadian Copyright laws. Understanding how contracts are drawn and how rights are determined is also a very important part of this journey. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office offers a useful beginner guide to copyright, free of charge. To obtain a copy, contact: Copyright Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Industry Canada, 50 Victoria St. Place du Portage, Phase 1, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0C9 or phone at 1-866-997-1936 or visit their website at 

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

Canadian ISBN Agency Library and Archives
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
(613) 996-5115 (Tel)
(613) 995-6274 (Fax)
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Please visit the above link to learn more about ISBN numbers and how you can apply for them. Briefly, an ISBN (or International Standard Book Number) is a 10-digit identifying number used on all published materials, including books , pamphlets, CD-ROM and braille publications. Specific ISBN numbers are assigned to each publisher, thus allowing their titles to be recognized quickly and easily.

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

ISSN Canada
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
(613) 996-5115 (Tel)
(613) 613-995-6274 (Fax)
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ISSNs (or International Standard Serial Numbers) function in a similar way to ISBNs, except they are assigned to serials and periodicals rather than books (such as newspapers, annuals, and journals). More information, and an application form, may be found at the above link.


Once you have your ISBN number, you'll need a barcode for your book cover. You may obtain your barcode by two different methods: either by purchasing special software to create the barcode yourself, or by paying to have the barcode created for you. Barcode software or services may be purchased from a variety of sources, and many businesses will offer both software and service. Listed below are several businesses in the Toronto area; please consult your local yellow pages to find similar sources near you.

Barcode Graphics Inc.

30 Dohme Avenue
Toronto, ON
(416) 751-1474 (Tel)
(416) 751-1575 (Fax)

Barcode Systems Inc.

2650 Matheson Boulevard
(905) 629-0717 (Tel)
(800) 900-SCAN / 7226 (Toll-free tel) 

Industrial Marking Systems

7546 Bath Road
Mississauga, ON
(905) 612-0893 (Tel)
(905) 612-0894 (Fax)

OCR Canada Ltd.

Locations in Toronto, Halifax, and Quebec
(800) 853-7226 (Toll-free tel)