FAQs- ISBN Number for Books
ISBN Assignments from the U.S. ISBN Agency
In 2004, we entered a formal partnership with the U.S. ISBN Agency to provide two distinct programs which abide by the ISBN requirements to enable independent self-publishers to obtain ISBN Numbers for books and other production/marketing services. ISBN assignments by either program enable our customers to retain all legal copyright and distribution rights. These programs were devised with the U.S. ISBN agency to specifically assist self-publishers, and Publisher Services is now one of the largest providers of individual ISBN assignments. Our Self-Publisher Package is geared towards providing publishing assistance to small authors/publishers who plan on distributing their publications by themselves or over the Internet (i.e., Amazon.com). Our publisher prefix denotes “Independent Publisher” as the registrant. ISBNs purchased through our service have a Publisher Identifier listed as Independent Publisher. It is important to recognize that our customers retain all copyright and distribution rights, since the assigned unique international identifier associated to a particular publication (title/author). The Self-Publisher Package follows the ISBN terms and the numbers we provide are legitimate and cause no disruption to the book industry supply chain. This publishing solution is an easy and economical method to obtain ISBN numbers and barcodes. For publishers who intend on utilizing book distributors and would like an ISBN with their company listed as the registrant, we offer the Publisher Package. Through an agreement with the U.S. ISBN Agency, we can act as an agent to process single ISBN applications and expedite the application process and barcodes. Click here to learn more about distribution and identification in the book industry supply chain.
|Unmatched Phone Support (Talk to a real person)|
|Author/Publisher retains ownership and copyright|
|Clients manage title data & cover art on our Client Portals|
|ISBN Assignment (Unique and linked to Global Databases)|
|No annual fees|
|Digital barcode included (barcode stickers also available)|
|Your company listed as the publisher - Expedited as US ISBN Agency Channel Partner|
|"Independent Publisher" is the listed publisher (information)|
|Quantity Discount (i.e. 10 ISBNs & barcodes are $28.00 each)|
What is an ISBN and how is it used?
Who assigns an ISBN?
Are there Unauthorized Resellers of ISBNs?
Unfortunately, there are a few internet companies which prey on new self-publishers. Since the ISBN assignment uniquely identifies a title for the life of the book, authors need to be assured of the legitimacy and security of the assigning company. There is even a company which calls itself isbnagency.com, and they are not the U.S. ISBN agency.A key part of the ISBN assignment process is REGISTERING book information and cover art within the Global Books In Print Database. This function enables book discoverability. Publisher Services clients get to enter upload their title information and cover art through our online portal which automatically uploads to the master database. Without this assurance, you might just be receiving an arbitrary number. In addition, be wary of any company offering 30 day money back guarantees with ISBN purchases. ISBN numbers should NEVER be reassigned!
Do I have to have an ISBN?
What happens if I decided to publish under a new publisher and ISBN?
What is the Bookland EAN barcode?
Retailers and distributors require book products to carry a barcode which encodes the ISBN and pricing information. The Bookland EAN barcode is a standardized format which is accepted by trading partners worldwide. Our experience with barcodes enables us to provide our customers with symbols which comply with the GS1 guidelines and offer assistance with providing the appropriate format. Click here for an example. Please note, a digital barcode is not needed on ebooks.If you require only a Bookland EAN symbol, we encourage you to purchase ISBN Bookland barcode files from www.createbarcodes.com for only $10 each.
I plan on selling my books through Createspace, which program should I choose?
Createspace is a Print-On-Demand (POD) service from Amazon. Their system requires users to either have an ISBN assigned in their company’s name or use a Createspace-assigned ISBN. We have worked out an arrangement with Createspace to assist their customers. Clients who purchase our Publisher Package can utilize their ISBN number on both the books which they sell directly as well as those which are sold via the Createspace/Amazon marketplaces. Clients who have already purchased an ISBN through the Self-Publisher Package need to have Createspace assign a Createspace assigned ISBN for those publications to be offered on their service.Note: ISBNs assigned from Createspace cannot be used to sell in any other marketplace, while the ISBNs assigned from our Publisher Package can be used across marketplaces. Since POD services, such as Createspace, are geared for printing individual books as they are sold, it is not economically feasible to use them to print large quantities.
How do I list my book information with traditional bookstores and online retailers?
Book data and ISBN assignment information will be done directly between trading partners. Amazon Advantage, Books A Million and Barnes & Noble each have their own processes for updating information about your published items.Amazon: Most self publishers use the Amazon Advantage program to sell their items on Amazon. Once an account is established, there is specific title information pages which enable publishers to upload book data and cover images.
Barnes & Noble: Please read the Publisher & Author Guidelines. There you will find instructions about e-mailing your information to specific B&N representatives.
What other publishing services to you offer?
In addition to barcoding and numbering assistance, our Publisher Services program offers assistance enabling publishers towards book production and online marketing. Our services include:
- E-book formatting and conversion
- Discounted book printing – 3 day turnaround
- Promotional and marketing products
- Printed barcode and “Autographed Copy” labels
Reasons to Use Publisher Services for ISBN Assistance
- Personal customer service – Talk to a real person – We post our phone number on every page
- Authorized ISBN agent – We are, in fact, the largest and personally assist thousands of self-publishers every year
- Online Portal enables our clients to enter their title data and upload cover art directly to Global Database
- ISBN delivery within 30 minutes (Self-Publisher Package) during business hours
Please allow additional time for orders placed at night or over the weekend.
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