Every book, eBook and audio book published in Germany requires an imprint according to § 5 of the Telemedia Act. Among other things, it must contain a summonable address. This means that you can’t just give a mailbox address or a post office box. If the book is published by a publisher, the publisher’s address will of course be included. Self-publishers must therefore use their own address. However, since not every author wants to include his or her private address in thousands of printed books, various providers offer a so-called imprint service.
When Do I Need an Imprint Service?
Basically, you don’t need it at all. But it is more relaxed if you don’t want to present your private address to thousands of readers. If you have a business address, you can of course use it. In the case that you don’t want to give your own address, the imprint service comes into play.
I Do Not Want Anyone to Know My Real Name
Even if you use a pseudonym and do not want your readers to know you under your real name, an imprint service is recommended.
What Does an Imprint Service Do?
An imprint service accepts mail that has been sent to you or to the imprint address noted in your books and then forwards it to you.
What Does an Imprint Service Cost?
There is no general answer to this question, as it depends on the provider. However as a rule, you pay an annual or monthly fee (per publication) for the use of the address as well as a fee for forwarding your mail.
Which Imprint Services Are There to Choose from?
It is best to research the providers, because of course there can be black sheep. We do not assume any liability for the providers listed below. According to our research, however, these are reputable and very reliable providers: