A disclaimer is a wise inclusion if your ebook offers health, diet, fitness, financial, or other educational/instructional information.

Disclaimers manage liability and protect the author from being held responsible for the results achieved from the implementation of advice given in the ebook. 

For instance, an ebook offering advice about investing money could result in financial loss for the reader, whereas another about weight loss workouts might result in personal injuries. A disclaimer can prevent readers from holding the author liable for their loss in such scenarios. 

In this article, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about ebook disclaimers. We’re also going to provide you with some examples and a template you can use to create your own nonfiction ebook disclaimer.

What to Know About Ebook Disclaimers?

Ebook disclaimers state that the reader can’t hold the author liable for the information presented in the ebook.

But we spend a ton of time designing ebooks for online entrepreneurs and small businesses, and we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t see disclaimers used frequently.

So, you may not really need one. Especially if the length of your ebook is on the shorter side. If you want to be absolutely sure, you should consult with a lawyer.

But, for most cases, we suggest that you err on the side of caution. Mainly because an ebook legal disclaimer won’t cost you anything to create or use, yet it might end up saving you from unwanted legal trouble.

How to Write Nonfiction Ebook Disclaimer?

There are four elements to a perfect ebook disclaimer:

1. Start by mentioning the party to which the book’s copyrights® belong and follow up with a warning that the ebook cannot be reused in any form without prior permission. 

2. Make it clear that the information or advice (medical, legal, financial, etc.) in the ebook is for educational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional advice. 

3. Specify that the author isn’t making any claims about the accuracy of the information contained in the ebook. 

4. State that the claims and results presented should not be considered typical for everyone and cannot be guaranteed (i.e. your results may vary).

Ebook Disclaimer Examples for Info Ebooks

Small businesses who write educational ebooks for the purpose of selling them or generating leads often do so with the best intentions. But people who follow your advice might be aggrieved if the results don’t live up to their expectations. A disclaimer can help shield you from liability.

Here are a couple sample ebook disclaimer statements from the two niches that need them most, medical and legal:

This kind of ebook disclaimer is standard for an ebook in the medical niche.
Medical Ebook Disclaimer
A disclaimer for an ebook in the legal niche.
Legal Ebook Disclaimer

Ebook Disclaimer Template

Now that you’ve got a feel for it, we’re going to provide you with free ebook disclaimer boilerplate text that you can use to craft your own. Feel free to adjust it as necessary for your own business or niche:

All contents copyright © {year} by {author/business}. All rights reserved. No part of this document or accompanying files may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, electronic or otherwise, by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

This ebook is presented to you for informational purposes only and is not a substitution for any professional advice. The contents herein are based on the views and opinions of the author and all associated contributors.

While every effort has been made by the author and all associated contributors to present accurate and up to date information within this document, it is apparent technologies rapidly change. Therefore, the author and all associated contributors reserve the right to update the contents and information provided herein as these changes progress. The author and/or all associated contributors take no responsibility for any errors or omissions if such discrepancies exist within this document.

The author and all other contributors accept no responsibility for any consequential actions taken, whether monetary, legal, or otherwise, by any and all readers of the materials provided.

Readers’ results will vary based on their individual perception of the contents herein, and thus no guarantees can be made accurately. Therefore, no guarantees are made.

Where to Put a Disclaimer in an Ebook?

There is no specific place you’re required to place your disclaimer, but you’ll find most authors put the disclaimer for an ebook near the very front, after the cover page and before the content.

This helps remind the reader of the content’s limitations before they consume it.

Now You Can Write a Disclaimer for Your Ebook

To include or not to include?

That’s the question most authors ask themselves when they’re still deciding whether or not to put a disclaimer in their ebook.

We suggest you play it safe. After all, adding one is simple and easy given the disclaimer examples and disclaimer template above. And if might just save you from a legal headache.

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