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Why buy an ISBN?

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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 book-sellers, 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 world-wide 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 insure 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, insures 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.

Over 100 million people access this data when searching for books; and it all starts with buying an ISBN.

To make a long story short…

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

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 hard bound copy, a soft bound copy, 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.

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

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

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