Self-Publishing – ISBN and Barcodes

Self-Publishing

ISBN

I mentioned in the previous article in this series that you would need an ISBN number. You’ll actually need one for each version of your book – hardcover, paperback and eBook. Some self-publishing services will provide ISBN numbers for you, but as they are assigned to publishing houses this will likely have an impact on the listed publisher of your book. CreateSpace provided ISBN numbers endow books bearing them with a ‘published by CreateSpace’ moniker. This has no impact on your rights as an author, but may not be your desired result your book – hardcover, paperback and eBook.

Some self-publishing services will provide ISBN numbers for you, but as they are assigned to publishing houses this will likely have an impact on the listed publisher of your book. CreateSpace provided numbers endow books bearing them with a ‘published by CreateSpace’ moniker. This has no impact on your rights as an author, but may not be your desired result nor the image you wish to convey.

I recommend purchasing your own ISBN numbers. In the UK Nielsen is the issuing authority, and you can contact them HERE. You will need to register as a publisher and pay for the number of ISBNs you require. Nielsen also maintain a register of books against ISBN numbers, providing more exposure for you and your new book. The process can be a little ponderous, with forms to fill in that are checked by humans. It is worthwhile getting the request in as soon as possible to avoid delays with the rest of your publishing process.

Barcodes

Once you have an ISBN, you will need a barcode suitable for your title. A generator to create one is available HERE. You specify a price in the barcode, so have your RRP decided ready for the barcode.

The style of barcode you choose will also have an impact on cover design, as it requires a white box of appropriate size for the barcode and RRP. If a book needs a cover, which needs a barcode, which needs an ISBN number – hopefully you can see the importance of getting the ISBN process underway as soon as possible.

The next section explains the process of setting up with Print on Demand services.

Self-Publishing – Print on Demand Setup

In Conclusion

You can see how important it is to get ISBN numbers sorted as early as possible to avoid delays in publishing your book. We have an opinion based on experience but ‘your mileage may vary’, as they say. Let us know how you get on – leave a comment or head for Facebook and Twitter if you prefer, as well as our other social media networks from the links in the menu above. Check back on the self-publishing section to get more insights!

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