Why Your Book Needs It’s Own ISBN
What is an ISBN?
An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that is 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
- Title/subtitle change
- 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
How to purchase an ISBN from Bowker:
Go to www.myidentifiers.com
Click on Sign In/Register
Click on “ISBN”
Select the quantity
Click “Buy Now”