Why buy an ISBN?

Buying an ISBN Is The First Step To Getting Your Book Found!

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Congratulations! If you are on this page, you are probably in the process of finishing your book. Now, you are thinking about all those things you need to get your book on the shelves, found, and purchased.

Why should I buy an ISBN?

ISBNs are linked to essential information allowing booksellers, and readers, to know what book they are buying, what the book is about, and who the author is.

  • ISBNs are the global standard for identifying titles ISBNs are used worldwide as a unique identifier for books. They are used to simplify distribution and purchase of books throughout the global supply chain.
  • Most retailers require ISBNs to track book inventory Without an ISBN, you will not be found in most book stores, either online or down the street from your house. Buying an ISBN is your first step to ensure that your book is not lost in the wilderness.
  • Buying an ISBN improves the chances your book will be found Buying your ISBNs and registering your titles on My Identifiers, ensures information about your book will be stored in our Books In Print database. This opens up a world of possibilities that your book is listed with many retailers, libraries, Bowker Books In Print, Bookwire, as well as online services like Google Books, Apple’s iBooks, Chegg and the New York Times.

How many ISBNs do I need to buy?

The purpose of the ISBN is to identify one specific version of a book. If you wish to have a hardbound copy, a soft boundcopy, an ePUB, a PDF, a MOBI, or even register a new version, you will need a unique ISBN for each version. This allows retailers to help the customer understand exactly which version of a title they are purchasing.

Understanding your ISBN

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Registering your ISBN

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