How can two totally different books have the same title?

How can two totally different books have the same title?

15 Answers

  • Spike
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It like others have said titles can't be copyrighted. But the book's subject, main plot, subplot and characters can be. Some time the books can be in the same genre also and it fine.

    These are books I have seen with the same title, but by different authors.

    An Agent in Place by Robert Littell 

    Agent in Place by Mark Greaney

    Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke

    Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy with Peter Telep 

    Against All Enemies (A Jonathan Grave Thriller Book 7) by John Gilstrap 

    Against All Enemies (Nathan Dixon Book 2) by Harold Coyle 

    Black Sunday by Thomas Harris 

    Black Sunday: A Novel by Tola Rotimi Abraham

    Hunter Killer: A Pike Logan Novel by Brad Taylor

    Hunter Killer by Patrick Robinson   

    The Enemy Within by Larry Bond

    ENEMY WITHIN (A World War I Thriller) by Mick Bose

    The Enemy Within (Ravenloft) by Christie Golden  

    The Enemy Within (Warhammer Novels) by Richard L. Byers

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You can't copyright a title, especially if it's drawn from something like a poem or song, as many titles are.

    "One Fine Day" is a title used several times.  It was inspired in most cases by Puccini's aria "Un bel di" in his opera "Madame Butterfly".

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Different topics, such as The Alchemist by Coelho and The Alchemyst by Scott, about Nicholas Flamel, a real person who is also used as a character in Harry Potter.

  • 8 months ago

    For the same reason that you wrote "How can two totally different books have the same title" twice. Hope that helped. Hope that helped.

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Why not. Wodehouse once said he was quite pleased with his choice of the title "Summer Lightning" - until he found so many authors had used it that he claimed he was entering his work in the competition for the fifty best books called "Summer Lightning."

  • 8 months ago

    Very simply, because there is no copyright on titles.

  • 8 months ago

    Book titles are not subject to copyright protections and can only be protected under trademark laws if related to a series (as trademarks are for "brands").

  • 8 months ago

    Put out by two different publishers representing two different writers

    Two completely different genres for the books

    One book may be out of copyright (older books have this happen)

    Published first in another country then here


  • 8 months ago

    There is no copyright on titles. Once in a while you'll even see two books for sale in the same section, with the same title.

    Publishers don't generally know the titles of the books other publishers have in the works.

  • Satan
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    because they can - it's not like they're going to be by the same author

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