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Frequently Asked ISBN Questions

What Is The ISBN For?
An ISBN is a 13 digit number product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries and internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format being printed, packaged, made available for sale, and ultimately purchased by your readers. For more information download: ISBN Guides: Basic Information.

Do I need a Barcode with an ISBN?
If your book is being printed and will be sold through a bookstore, and is a physical object your customer will receive (hard back, soft bound, etc.) then yes. You will need a barcode encoded with your ISBN. Barcodes are not necessary for ISBNs which are being used for electronic versions, such as MOBI, EPUB, PRDF, etc.

How Many ISBNs Do I need?
The ISBN identifies a specific title, edition, and format being made available for sale. You will need an ISBN for each unique version of your book. For example, if you plan to release a hardback edition, softbound edition, EPUB edition, MOBI edition, and PDF edition, then you will have 5 unique versions of your book.

Bowker offers 10 ISBNs at heavily discounted prices.Click this link to add 10 ISBNs to your shopping cart.

How Does The ISBN Help My Book Get Discovered?
When you register your ISBN with title data, you are adding Title Data (another word for metadata) is added to your registry. This registry is made available globally by the International ISBN agency, as well as companies like Barnes And Noble, Chegg, Books-A-Million, Google Books, Apple iBook, and across many services that allow you to search Library systems.

Most importantly, your book will be listed in Books In Print. Books In Print is the quitessential book listing, used by those who buy and sell books commercially.

I see ISBNs for Sale on other services, is this legitimate?
Bowker forms relationships with many companies who purchase ISBNs on your behalf, as part of their many other publisher services. There are also many companies not affiliated with Bowker who purchase them in their names and package them in their service.

Before you buy an ISBN from anyone, find out who will be the registered owner of the ISBNs you purchase. If your are not the publisher, the company who provides you with an ISBN is required to provide your Title Data. Many people struggle to get their Title Data added or updated when they do not control their own ISBNs.

If you have questions about an ISBN offer online, contact The US ISBN Agency with details of the seller, and the price, for clarification.

How Do I Register My Title Data (metadata)?
The following steps will get you started at registering your ISBNs and providing the important Title Data necessary that will help you get your book discovered!

  1. Login
  2. Click My Account in the top right corner beneath the cart icon
  3. You will receive a Dashboard which lists all of your ISBNs
  4. Click an ISBN row, and fill in your data
  5. You will need to fill in all the fields with an Asterisk before it is registered

What are the common pitfalls of self publishing?
While Bowker does not endorse any specific service, we often hear many of the issues many self publishers encounter when embarking on self publishing. The important questions you need to answer for yourself when you embark on the effort of getting your book in print are:

  1. Have you done your research on the company you are talking to?
    A simple Google search will likely display all the positive and negative remarks on the services you are considering.
  2. As a publisher will you retain control over your ISBNs?
    Many services purchase the ISBNs, and they are held in THEIR names. Quite often these services do not register your ISBNs with titles and other Title Data (metadata). Only the official holder of an ISBN can register data to their title, and if this service does not offer this, then you will likely end up with a book that will never be found, with no rights as a publisher to remedy that situation. Luckily, Bowker, the company who assigns ISBNs in the USA and US territories, has a variety of partners who will bundle the ISBN, in your name, into their services. If you would like verification that the service provider you are considering is an authorized partner who can acquire an ISBN on your behalf, please feel free to contact the US ISBN Agency for details by clicking this link.
  3. Will you maintain ownership of your content?
    Many authors will find that they are signing away ownership of their content, to a company that has no interest in helping you get your book sold.
  4. What services are you paying for? Printing, editing, marketing, distribution. Has anyone specifically reviewed these services online?
    In short, Bowker recommends doing your research before embarking with any service that promises to publish your books. Bowker has a relationship with iUniverse, which is a full service publishing imprint for independent self publishers. We selected this company as a partner.
    Click here for more information on how you can get started self-publishing your book!

Don't Forget Your Barcodes!

MyIdentifiers is the place to find Printer Quality Barcodes with encoded price and ISBN.

The Bookland EAN barcode is used internationally to identify printed books. Bowker provides high quality, printer ready barcodes necessary for printed books. If you are printing a hardcopy version of your books (hardbound, softbound, etc.) then you will need barcodes with your ISBNs.

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For basic information on understanding ISBNs
download our Basic Information guide.

For more details on Registering your ISBN(s)
download the Title Set Up and Registration Guide