CIP Fact Sheet

  • Stands for Cataloging in Publication
  • Displayed on the copyright page
  • Available for books not yet published
  • Ineligible for publishers with less than 3 authors
  • For more information, please visit the library of congress.

PCIP Fact Sheet

  • Stands for Publisher’s Cataloging in Publication
  • Displayed on the copyright page
  • Available for books not yet published
  • Eligible for publishers with less than 3 authors
  • For more information, please visit cipblock.

The CIP and PCIP are both valuable because they assist book dealers and librarians with processing, shelving, and cataloging books into the appropriate categories.  The CIP is created by the library of congress whereas the PCIP is usually created by a librarian with cataloging experience.  Most libraries and bookstores will not carry your book without either a CIP or a PCIP because it’s too time consuming for them to create one for you and without one it’s too difficult to identify where your book is shelved.

Check out the PCIP created for Broccoli Chronicles by Adrienne Bashista at cipblock.com

PCIP pic

Notice that the PCIP identifies the author, the illustrator, and the title of the book.  It also lists the ISBN and the PCN/LCCN which is also provided by the library of congress.  Next is a brief summary so that readers know what the book is about.  There’s also categories such as: family, cancer, broccoli, etc which helps the librarians shelf this book into the appropriate category.

The library of congress will create a CIP for free.  Double check to see if your publisher qualifies for one and if so, you should contact the library of congress at least 6 weeks prior to publishing your book.  They usually only ask for one free copy of your book for their files.  If your publisher doesn’t qualify for a CIP, then you will need to pay for a PCIP which can cost around $75.  I hope this helps!


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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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