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An ISBN is a 13 digit number product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries and internet retailers etc for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the publisher and author as well as metadata for the title including: title, edition, format (e.g. print or ebook or both), availability, and pricing and ultimately how readers can purchase your book.
You will need an ISBN for each unique version of your book. For example, if you plan to release a hardback edition, softbound edition or ebook edition, then you will have three unique versions of your book, hence three ISBNs will be required.
If you are producing a one-off print only version or an ebook only version you will only require one ISBN.
The advantages of having ISBNs registered to your titles are:
Over 100 million people access this ISBN data when searching for books.
When purchasing an ISBN through Publicious you won't just be getting a number or a block of numbers, we will open an account with Thorpe and Bowker in your name using the details supplied to us by you, ensuring that everything remains in your name and under your control. We will then purchase the required numbers and barcodes on your behalf. Then at the time of publication we will enter all metadata into your account as well as a PDF version of your book/ebook (where applicable) and a marketing cover of your book/ebook.
We'll also include added Bowkerlink listings including market pricing for: USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Bookstores and libraries will be able to see your listing through over 25,000 PLUS outlets worldwide, all for the one price. We'll even take care of your Catalogue-In-Publication registration with the National Library at no extra cost.
If you are producing an ebook as well as a printed book or if you have future books in the pipeline you will need more than one ISBN, Publicious can supply a block of 10 ISBNs for the price of 2 Single ISBNs.
All our packages include ISBNs, however we can also supply ISBNs either separately or singularly.
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