Can I trademark a Book Title Before I Write The Book?

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Hey gang, I want to write a physical book and release it as both an ebook and kindle book.
(so that's 3 channels: physical book, downloadable ebook and amazon kindle electronic book)

I've got the book concept, and the proposed title for the book.
The title will probably make or break the book itself.

Can I trademark or copyright the title of a US copyrighted book in advance of the body of the book?

Thanks for taking the time to answer
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  • Profile picture of the author KirkMcD
    You can't copyright a title.
    And trademarking doesn't really apply to titles.
  • Profile picture of the author onzevil1234
  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    If you want secrecy, hire an attorney.
  • Profile picture of the author Globy
  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    As has been pointed out, you can not copyright a title.

    It may be eligible for trademark protection, but trademarks can be complicated. You should check with an intellectual property attorney.

    Before doing that, you can review information about trademarks so you understand the concept and ask the right questions. Nolo Press has an excellent book on trademarks: Trademark: Legal Care for Trademark: Legal Care for Your...
    You may be able to get inexpensive or free legal advice through a Small Business Development Center. These are collaborations between the Small Business Administration and local colleges. Check with your nearest SBA office to find one.

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