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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.
If you are producing an ebook as well as a printed book or if you have future books in the pipeline, you'll need more than one ISBN. Publicious can supply a block of 10 ISBNs for the price of 2 Single ISBNs, along with a barcode for the back cover of your book.
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 (ISBN Agency) 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 register your number by entering all metadata and files into your account.
We'll also include your listing in the Bowkerlink World Bookdata base, including market pricing for: USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This will mean that bookstores and libraries will be able to see your listing through over 25,000 PLUS outlets worldwide.
We'll also take care of your Pre-publication Data Service (formerly CIP) with the National Library, which will ensure your listing is included in the Trove Library catalogue.
All our packages include ISBNs, however we can also supply ISBNs either separately or singularly.
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