Title protection is a typical German phenomenon. It basically means that you cannot use a title that could be easily mistaken for the title of an existing book. The problem is in the word “easily” – no lawyer can ever tell you what that means. Is adding another subtitle enough? You cannot be sure before you had to go to a court. Which is expensive. So my advice is: Don’t use titles that are similar to other titles. This is true even if a book is not available anymore – it’s title is protected for upto 5 years after the book left the market.
What does that mean? You have to research your prospective title first. Use:
After your research, you might be happy. But what happens if the title is free now – but is taken in three months when your book is finally published? You can avoid such a situation with a “title protection advertisement”. It’s not expensive and can easily be ordered online from one of these services:
- Buchmarkt (12,50 Euro, additional titles 2,50 Euro)
- Titelschutz-Magazin (45 Euro, additional titles 5 Euro)
- Börsenblatt (50 Euro)
- Titelschutz 24 (34 Euro)
- Der Titelschutz Anzeiger (150 Euro) – also for software, TV etc.
- Rundy Titelschutz Journal (115 Euro) – also for software, TV etc.
You’ll have to add 19 percent VAT to these prices. A title protection ad is valid for five months. After that, you’ll need to make a new one.