Get familiar with the new electronic forms at the Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/register/
Time to quote the government:
"Advantages include: * Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only) * Fastest processing time * Online status tracking * Secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account * The ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files * Available 24 hours a day, except for routine maintenance every Sunday from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM Eastern Time Processing Time: Ninety percent of online filers should receive a certificate of registration within six months of submission. One-third should receive a certificate within ten weeks of submission. Whatever time is needed to issue a certificate, the effective date of registration is the day the Copyright Office receives a complete submission in acceptable form. You do not need to wait for a certificate to proceed with publication."
Why are we having this conversation? Because your intellectual property rights should mean something to you. If you plan on passing them along to the people you love then why not go one step further and consolidate your body of work into a formal collection? Feel free to self publish your books if you have to. There are a lot of companies that run digital printing on demand. Go play in a search engine and select the vendor of your choice.
Better yet, print your stuff out, poke holes in it, fill up the binders and mail them off as a collection. I'm thinking it's time to update my will... just in case... You never know...
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