Why Your Book Needs It’s Own ISBN
Updated: Oct 23, 2020
What is an ISBN?
An Internal Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 14-digit number used as a unique identifier for books.
They link essential information used in sales tracking, retail inventory systems, and library catalogs.
They are not necessary to sell ebooks, printed books, however, cannot be sold without one.
Why purchase your own ISBN instead of using the free ones provided by self-publishing service?
To create your own publishing imprint
Eligibility for a Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN)
Your own ISBN will mark you as the publisher, allowing you to use any printing on demand (POD)service outside of the self-publishing platform you used.
When do you need a new ISBN?
(No, you can’t reuse them and No, one book can’t have serval ISBNs)
A unique ISBN is required for each edition and format (ex. hardcover, softbound, etc.) of your book.
Large print version
Published in a foreign language
Changes to the binding
Published in another size
When don’t you need a new ISBN?
New cover art
Change in pricing
Switching to another distributor or printing service
Printed in another country if the language is the same
How do you get an ISBN?
Receive a free one from your self-publishing platform
Purchase one from Bowker (USA)
Neilsen Book (UK & Ireland)
ISBN Canada (Canada)
ISBN National Agency (Mexico)
How to purchase an ISBN from Bowker:
1.Go to www.myidentifiers.com
2.Click on Sign In/Register
4.Click on “ISBN”
5. Select the quantity
6. Click “Buy Now”
7. Complete checkout