I receive a lot of email traffic, mostly delightful blog post notifications, some from flesh and blood friends, some to do with that Bash Thingy that’s coming up later this year. A few are book related.
When I launched into self publishing my first book, I heard about a legal requirement going back eons that meant I had to send a copy of my paperback to the British Library. In a way that seemed a small price to pay for immortality so I found the address and complied. There. Done. Tick.
Then, yesterday I received this
Greetings, and I hope this email finds you well. Please find below a request for 5 copies of your book entitled ” Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle” title ID 5055196 from the Agency for the United Kingdom Legal Deposit Libraries.
” On behalf of the Legal Deposit Libraries, these being the Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin and in accordance with the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 or the Irish Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000, as appropriate, I would like to request that the following title above be deposited with ourselves. All items should be deposited to our address at: Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries, 161 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH. Please note that any request for deposit with the British Library will be sent directly by the British Library and is in addition to this request.
Yours faithfully, Malcolm”
As the publisher of record for your CreateSpace title, you are required to address the Agency’s request. If you do not respond to this request within 28 days , we may share your contact information with the Agency and/or remove your title from Amazon.co.uk distribution.
The Agency is entitled to request complementary copies of works from publishers under the UK Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003. Please see the Agency’s website for further information, http://www.legaldeposit.org.uk/.
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I love the end. I’ve just be stiffed for five copies of my first book (no doubt five for my second later and so on) plus postage to Edinburgh and Elisabeth at CreateSpace wishes me a wonderful day. Sure Liz, it’s just dandy thanks. And the links? Did we solve your problem? Click here if yes… No, you prannock, you’ve created a problem.
As best I can judge these five depositories have a year from publication to request the copy and, I think, if they don’t, then tough titty. But since CreateSpace and Amazon are prepared to de-list the book if I fail to sort something out and, no doubt trying to battle bureaucracy will take time, then it’s a bit of a Pyrrhic Victory to point out they are some four months late. So off I trudge to the Post Office wondering who next wants a freebie. Immortality is losing a little of its lustre.
But then again, being shafted by Governmental decree has to be some sort of recognition that I am, in fact, a published author. Doesn’t it?