How to Legally Use Quotations in Your Book



Every once in a while, I get an email from someone asking about the legalities of publishing a book of quotations they find inspirational, educational, or just plain funny. Their motives are laudable; they want to share these insights with readers. Or their motives are monetary; they think a book of quotes will be easy to put together and quick to sell.

I shake my head. Using a short quote in a social media posting is one thing, but putting together a book or website that relies almost entirely on work created by others raises a wasp’s nest of legal issues. It can be done, but not without doing some homework. In fact, a lot of homework.

Simply giving credit to the original creators of the quotes is not going to be enough to protect you from copyright infringement claims. For every single quotation, you need to determine its copyright status and whether you should get permission.>>READ MORE