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The CIP Program has developed a more streamlined process to provide CIP data for simultaneously published e-books and print books. Simply check the box on the Application for CIP Data indicating that you would like to receive e-book metadata and provide any simultaneously-published e-book ISBNs.   By checking the box, you agree to send us a digital-rights-free copy of the e-book upon publication, in addition to the print book. 

In addition, you will receive your CIP data in the new combined “print + e” CIP Data Block, which can be included in both the print and the electronic book.  More information about the new CIP Data Block can be found on the Cataloging-In-Publication CIP data technical page

Library of Congress e-book metadata are distributed to WorldCat and other bibliographic utilities for use by libraries and vendors.  Library of Congress created e-book metadata are considered the highest quality and most complete metadata available to publishers and vendors for their e-book packages.  Having the best metadata assigned to your e-books will make your titles more accessible and retrievable by users worldwide.

The Library of Congress has developed procedures for the secure transfer of e-book files from publishers. The requirements for the complimentary copy of the e-book sent to the Library remain the same:

  • Ensure that the copy is the original version for reading issued by the publisher
  • Ensure that the copy is free of digital rights management

By participating in the CIP E-books Program, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions outlined below.

The Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program is able to provide CIP data for books that are published simultaneously in both electronic and print form. As a CIP Publisher that publishes simultaneously in both formats, you are eligible for the E-books program. If you wish to receive CIP metadata for your e-book, please review and accept the following:

  • I have already transmitted to the Library either the complete text or the core required materials of each print book for which I am requesting e-book CIP data, and I will include the complete and unaltered e-book CIP data in the published e-book.
  • I will give the Library a copy of the published e-book to be included in its collection and made available to Library staff and registered users through the Library’s secure network.
  • In the event that I submit additional published e-books to the Library that have not received CIP data, I understand that such books will not receive CIP data and may be made available to Library staff and registred users in the same manner as CIP books.

Your participation in the CIP E-books Program helps to grow the digital repository of American creativity at the Library of Congress and ensure that good e-book metadata is available for use by libraries and other institutions around the world.