What is an ISBN?

What isISBNs 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!
If your question is not answered, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comment section below.

What is an ISBN?

What is an International Standard Book Number?
If an ISBN is assigned in another country, do I need to get a UK ISBN to sell the book in the UK?

Why do I need an ISBN?

Can I sell a self-published book/eBook online without an ISBN number?
Do I have to buy an ISBN or can I be assigned them?
Do ISBNs have to be assigned to books that are not being sold?
Do I need different ISBN’s for different formats? (paperback, eBook)

What does an ISBN look like?

Where does an ISBN get placed on a book?
What is the difference between a bar code and an ISBN?

Where do I buy and ISBN from?

Where do I buy an ISBN from if I live in the UK/US?
Can an ISBN be reused?

When do you need a new ISBN?

When do you?
When don't you?
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