How Can I Properly Quote the Bible in My Book?

questions and answersOne of our authors was wanting to know how she could quote the Bible correctly in her book. This is the advice I was able to provide:

Each publisher of a Bible version has a different set of rules for quoting their version. Most define what is granted before permission is required. Most will let you quote a certain percentage of the Bible as long as it’s not a significant portion of the work you’re doing.  (ie. You can’t print the Book of John with your name on it unless you translate it from the Greek yourself). You’ll be required to include a copyright permission notice on the copyright page of your book. Some publishers want a copy of your book with the copyright permission notice…but I’ve never seen one insist on it.

Here’s an example (NIV):

The NIV text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.

When the NIV is quoted in works that exercise the above fair use clause, notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page or opening screen of the work (whichever is appropriate) as follows:

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

At PageMaster we can include the proper copyright permission on your copyright page as long as you tell us what version(s) you’re using. You can also find them yourself online. BibleGateway.com has a list of the copyright notices they use on their site – http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/ click the version you want to see the granted permissions. You can also search Google for “Bible copyright notices” and include the version you’re looking for.

Hope that helps.

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