If your book is sold by an agent, the agent can file the copyright. And if your book is published directly by the author (e.g. a book club edition), the author has the option to “allow” its use, without actually filing the copyright. This allows the book to be sold at a low price to someone's library, at the author's discretion. And it also allows people to “share” it. But before you go sharing someone's book, you might want to make sure that the creator wants that done. What If I'm Unregistered? What if I'm Unregistered? — Creative Law Center When you first set up your online account, you will probably be offered the opportunity to register your book directly with the Copyright Office. If this is not an option, you will have the option to submit an appeal to the Copyright Office. Note: All the links at the top of this article are to the official Copyright Office website. #1 — How Can I Get Registered? There are three main options for getting your book registered at the Copyright Office: 1. Register by Mail If you are not able to file your copyright applications online, you can get your applications, renewals, and related forms electronically. Registering electronically will: 1. Ensure that you will have to send your copyright application promptly to the Copyright Office 2. Make it easier to ensure that you complete all the required forms accurately 3. Ensure that your file is returned to you on time 4. Avoid processing fees 5. Provide you with more flexibility and reduced delays in receiving your copyright notice. Registration services are not offered through the USA Copyright Office offices.