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Old 12-18-2019, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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With the number of books published on seemingly a daily basis (ebooks included), I always wonder how authors come up with original titles. I would have to guess that there is a way for them (or the publisher) to check for duplicate titles. Of course I wonder the same about song titles......
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Old 12-18-2019, 04:06 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Coming up with a title can be very difficult. Sometimes the author just goes with one that s/he doesn't especially like because they can't come up with a better one.

Titles themselves generally can't be copyrighted, so books *can* have the same title -- do some amazon checking and you'll see. As an author, you generally don't want your book to have the same title as an existing book, simply to avoid confusion. If it's a popular book (or popular in some genre or with some niche market), that book will come up first in searches if people search for your book.
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Old 12-18-2019, 06:22 PM
 
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Duplicate titles happen all the time. You can't copyright a title.
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Old 12-18-2019, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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I rather like adding an adjective or adjectival phrase to the title although in this instance subsequent works dropped both a noun and an adjectival phrase.

https://archive.org/details/comparat...rrrich/page/74

.https://www.amazon.com/Comparative-G...SIN=0226079317

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.06.34

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.09.35
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Old 12-19-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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I would guess that unique non-fiction titles are easier to come up with than fiction ones. After all a book about an actual person on event would have a unique title hi-lighting the subject matter.
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