Copyrights & Contracts

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. Visit their website at 

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

Canadian ISBN Agency
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
(819) 994-6872 (Tel)
(613) 995-6274 (Fax)

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 13-digit identifying number used on all published materials, including print books, ebooks, 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
(819) 994-6895 (Tel)
(613) 613-995-6274 (Fax)
[email protected]

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.