Today I’d like to talk briefly about a program that some authors
may be unaware of. Cataloging in Publication record or CIP is a
bibliographic record prepared by the Library of Congress. This
process begins before a book is published in the United States.
When a novel is being printed the publisher includes the CIP data
on the copyright page thereby assisting book processing for
libraries and book dealers.
Certain Libraries will buy a novel based on the CIP data alone. According to many sources, library sales are still holding with over a billion dollars--a real boost to publishers and authors!
For more information visit: http://www.loc.gov/publish/cip/
Author of Amarok, Spencer Hill Press, November 2012