SAMPLE BOOK DISCLAIMERS – When and how to use them
I often get asked whether or not an author should include a disclaimer within their book. The answer will very much depend on the type of book the author has written.
For example, within many of my non-fiction, career-related books, I will often provide a simple disclaimer which states that I am not responsible for anyone failing any part of a selection process as a result of the content within my book. Whilst not essential, this does give me piece of mind, and it also informs the reader that they should only use my information as a ‘guide’.
In order to help you decide whether or not to include a disclaimer within your book, here are a few important tips to guide you. Following the tip, I have provided a few sample book disclaimers and templates, including the genre of book to use them under:
– If you are unsure, always add a disclaimer to your book. You will most probably find that the sample disclaimers below can be tweaked and amended to suit you and your books’ needs.
– A good piece of advice is to go into your nearest Waterstones store and open up a book which is similar to, or the same genre, to that of your own book. Within the first few pages of the book there should be a disclaimer that you can copy, tweak or amend to suit your own needs. After all, why reinvent the wheel or pay for expensive legal advice when you don’t have to? Most major publishers will already have paid a legally qualified solicitor to create book disclaimers for each of the book genres they sell under.
– If you don’t live nearby to a Waterstones store, you can achieve the same objective by visiting Amazon.co.uk, searching for books in your same niche/genre and then clicking the ‘Look Inside’ facility. Some publishers will include a book disclaimer at the start of the book, whilst some will include it at the end. You may need to search through a few books before you find the disclaimer you need.
– If you find that most of the books within your genre do not include a book disclaimer, consider not adding one to your own book.
– Of course, nothing can replace real/genuine legal advice. If you can afford to, consider spending an hour with a qualified solicitor who specialises in the implementation of intellectual property law and the use of disclaimers.
I have now provided five sample book disclaimers which you can tweak, change or amend to use within your own particular book. Please feel free to copy and paste any of these if you want to:
Sample book disclaimers
Memoir or recent history books
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
Novels and short stories books
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
Memoir, autobiography books
I have tried to recreate events, locales and conversations from my memories of them. In order to maintain their anonymity in some instances I have changed the names of individuals and places, I may have changed some identifying characteristics and details such as physical properties, occupations, and places of residence.
Advice, self-help, motivational and how-to books
Although the author and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at press time, the author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.
Health, alternative healing books
This book is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health, and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.
Sports, fitness and training books
The information in this book is meant to supplement, not replace, proper (name your sport) training. Like any sport involving speed, equipment, balance and environmental factors, (this sport) poses some inherent risk. The authors and publisher advise readers to take full responsibility for their safety and know their limits. Before practising the skills described in this book, be sure that your equipment is well maintained and do not take risks beyond your level of experience, aptitude, training, and comfort level.