ISBNs can be tricky and authors often come to us with a lot of questions about them. What is it exactly? Why do I need it? Where do I buy it? In the following post we’ve listed a few of these frequently asked questions, just so you know what you’re getting yourself into when publishing your book!
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What is an ISBN? ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number
Why do I need an ISBN? The ISBN is what defines your book. It is the standard ID number used to identify books by booksellers, libraries, book wholesalers and distributors. Without that number, no one would be able to find your book or publication, and no one would know it was yours.
What does an ISBN look like?
Where do I buy and ISBN from? From your national ISBN Agency.
When do you need a new ISBN?
- If you are producing your work in another format, e.g. paperback, hardback or eBook. If you publish in all three formats, you will need three different ISBN numbers to identify them.
- If there is any substantial change to the book, either to the cover or interior, you would need a new ISBN.
- New editions are considered different products and get their own ISBN.
- Once you own the ISBN, it remains the same for the life of the book. You can change printers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, or whatever else you want – the book remains with the same ISBN.
- When you change the price.
- When you correct typos.