Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
A Quick Guide to ISBNs for Self-Publishers > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

A Quick Guide to ISBNs for Self-Publishers

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a code assigned to every published book that uniquely identifies it in the marketplace. ISBNs make it easier and more efficient for libraries, booksellers and others in the publishing industry to order, distribute and catalog books.

When To Use an ISBN

You need to assign an ISBN to any content you intend to distribute through outside channels such as bookstores, catalogues or libraries. ISBNs should be placed on

-- print books

-- electronic books

-- videos

-- audio cassettes and CDs

-- CD-ROMs, and

-- other items as detailed by the International ISBN Agency.

You need to issue a separate ISBN for each edition of your book and for every format. For example, if you issued the same book as a print book, e-book, audio book and Braille book, you would require a separate identifier for each. If one year later, you updated the manuscript and re-issued the book, you would assign new ISBNs to this second edition in each of its different formats.

Deciphering the Numbering System

All ISBNs are currently 10 digits. (The industry will slowly be transitioning to a 13-digit system starting in 2005. See http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/isbn/transition.asp for more information on the change.)

The digits identify

-- the group (country, area or language area of the publisher)

-- the publisher, and

-- the title of the item.

The last digit is a check digit.

The group number is comprised of one to three digits. Zero is the number for the English language group that includes the United States, English-speaking Canada, the U.K., Australia and other countries.

The publisher number is comprised of two to seven digits. The more ISBNs a publisher uses, the small their publisher number.

Publishers that use more than 100,000 ISBNs are given a publisher number of only two digits. If you apply for 10 or fewer ISBNs, you will be assigned a publisher number with seven digits. Everyone else falls somewhere in the middle.

Thus anyone in the book trade can look at an ISBN and know roughly how big you are as a publisher by the number of ISBNs you have applied to use. This is why self-publishing gurus like Dan Poynter recommend acquiring your ISBNs in blocks of 100 to avoid being labeled "small potatoes."

Poynter further recommends that you use an ISBN from the middle of your list of 100 for your first book, since a 0 or 1 as your title number will reveal you as a first-timer.

The check digits range from one to 10. Since there is space for only one check digit, the number 10 is represented by an X.

How To Acquire ISBNs

ISBNs in the United States are administered by R.R. Bowker. Bowker charges a fee to process your application. Ten ISBNs cost $225; 100 ISBNs cost $800. Visit www.bowker.com for more information, or to complete an application.

ISBNs in Canada are administered by the National Public Library as a free service. Visit http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/isbn/index-e.html for more information or to apply on-line.

For more information on the ISBN system and how it works, visit www.isbn.org.

About The Author

Juiced Consulting helps business owners package what they know into information products ?- such as books, audiotapes and teleclasses ?- that they can sell to generate new business revenue. For a free newsletter and other resources, visit www.juicedconsulting.com.

jtribe@juicedconsulting.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

BBC News

The one writing skill you must master
BBC News
We live in a digital age that likes to pretend that writing is speech. We tap out emails, texts and update our social media profiles in the places – busy commuter trains, cafes and streets – where we also talk. We write as if we were talking. This kind ...


New York Times

'Could Somebody Please Debunk This?': Writing About Science When Even the Scientists Are Nervous
New York Times
Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. Noel Aseme is a black high school student in Winston-Salem, N.C., who does not appear in my article on Thursday's front page ...


NYU Local

An NYU Senior Is Writing Catcalls On the Sidewalks of NYC
NYU Local
Meet Sophie Sandberg, 21, the NYU senior who has garnered attention for her sidewalk drawings that deconstruct the power dynamics of catcalling by writing catcalling quotes out on the sidewalks where it happened. Recently, Sandberg has started chalk ...


Renowned thriller novelist shares formula for writing best-sellers
Youngstown Vindicator
So she went to the local library and checked out a book on how to publish a best-seller and the rest, as they say, is history. “It took about 10 years to become successful,” she said. Gardner's personal formula for writing a novel is to come up with a ...


Pew Research Center

'Defining the universe' is essential when writing about survey data
Pew Research Center
Given the wide range of people we speak to for our polls – and the many issues we ask them about – it's important to be as clear as possible in our writing about exactly who says what. In research circles, this practice is sometimes called “defining ...


Deseret News

Florida family rescued after writing 'HELP' using fallen logs from Hurricane Michael's wrath
Deseret News
"And they had the word H-E-L-P written out in the yard." She was surprised to see the signs there, especially because her grandparents and two other relatives evacuated before the Category 4 storm ravaged through Mexico Beach and the Florida panhandle.

and more »

Santa Fe New Mexican

Write what you eat: "The Best American Food Writing 2018"
Santa Fe New Mexican
The first surprise on opening The Best American Food Writing 2018 is that this is the inaugural edition of the series — and not to be confused with Best Food Writing, an annual anthology published by Da Capo Press and edited by Holly Hughes for the ...


The Daily Pennsylvanian

Writing Center will move from 'old Victorian House' on Walnut to soon-to-be renovated McNeil on Locust
The Daily Pennsylvanian
After 15 years of serving students on 3808 Walnut St., the Marks Family Writing Center will be starting a new chapter a couple blocks over. In fall 2019, the Writing Center will move from its longtime home in the Eisenlohr Annex to spaces that will ...


Business Insider

John Krasinski is writing a sequel to his hit horror movie, 'A Quiet Place,' after first telling the studio to move ...
Business Insider
John Krasinski revealed during a Q&A at the Silver Screen Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday that he is currently writing the sequel to "A Quiet Place" after initially telling the studio, Paramount, to move forward without him. "I had this small idea ...
Whisper It, But John Krasinski Is Already Writing 'A Quiet Place 2'Esquire.com
John Krasinski Is Writing 'A Quiet Place 2'Collider.com
John Krasinski Is Writing A Quiet Place 2 Based on His Own IdeaMovieWeb
Bloody Disgusting -UPROXX -We Got This Covered -YouTube
all 77 news articles »

Inside Higher Ed (blog)

I Want to Revolutionize Writing Instruction
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
The Writer's Practice is the result of my frustrations over the years with the “folklore” of teaching writing, as well as my disappointment in the limits of prescriptive texts like They Say/I Say to develop the whole writer, rather than giving students ...

Google News

10 Ways to Shatter Writers Block

1. Use Logic: Check for External PressuresAre you under physical... Read More

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Generate Story Ideas

There are many ways you can generate ideas you can... Read More

The Writing Life

In the 7th grade I wanted to be an architect... Read More

Finish Your Book Already!

I owe the completion and success of my book to... Read More

Top Ten Great Headline Ideas

What Makes a Great Headline?Headlines are far more important than... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #1: JK Rowling

Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury,England in 1965.... Read More

Writer School?

Here's something from my mailbag. "Dear Michael, do you need... Read More

Why Book Writers Need A Running Mate

By far, I have found that the lack of discipline... Read More

How to Build Your Site with Other Peoples Content -- Part 1

Building a new website can be extremely exciting. Seeing your... Read More

Turbo-Charging Your Writing Career - 6 High-Yield Strategies

Hands up all those who'd like to have a successful... Read More

The Three Cs of Writing an Excellent all Purpose Headline

Since the headline is the first contact your readers have... Read More

Does The Title Reflect The Story?

Short Story Writing Tips ?We all have different tastes in... Read More

71 Ways For A Writer To Make Money

There are so many ways for writers to make good... Read More

The Prologue - When to Use One, How to Write One

What is a prologue? When should you use one? Should... Read More

The ENTP Inventor Writes A Novel

People familiar with the Myers-Briggs Personality test know that the... Read More

5 Easy Steps To Writing Your Appealing Letter

You must write a hypnotic persuasion letter to help you... Read More

What You May Not Learn In College... (Part Two)

If you become a writer for any publication, private business,... Read More

Using Metaphor Effectively

We've all heard a politician on their soapbox, pushing for... Read More

Mind Mapping Your Journal Entries

Clustering, also called Mind Mapping, is a great way to... Read More

Break in with Fillers: The Best Market for New Writers

Interested in breaking into writing or breaking into a new... Read More

Publication Road

The journey to having my first novel for children published... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 4 of 6

LATER, LATTERLater means afterwards; latter is the second of two... Read More

Five Common Errors to Correct Before Submitting a Letter or Report

First impressions count in writing too! So it is always... Read More

The Untold Secrets of Writing Best Selling Childrens Books

Ever wondered how the most successful children's book writers get... Read More

Is Your Title Compelling?

Short Story Writing Tips:Your title is your selling tool. It's... Read More