The purpose of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is to coordinate, standardize, and uniquely identify one publication (or edition) published by one specific publisher in one specific format. The system is recognized and used in over 160 countries.
Why do I need to assign an ISBN to my book?
- If you want to sell your book on Amazon it must include an ISBN
- The ISBN is a unique, internationally recognized identifier of your published work
- ISBNs differentiate between product formats (hardcover, paperback, eBook)
Can I get an ISBN for a Print On Demand (POD) publication?
- Yes. POD is just another method of printing books. If you wish to sell your book on Amazon your book must be assigned an ISBN
Does a book I create for my own personal use or for a very limited audience such as my family and friends require an ISBN?
I want to create and publish a monthly magazine. Do I need a new ISBN for each edition?
- No. Publications that are intended by the publisher to be regularly updated or continued indefinitely (such as journals, magazines, newspapers, or websites) don’t need an ISBN
What information about my book is associated with the ISBN?
- Your book’s Format (hardcover, paperback, eBook, etc. including dimensions), Title, Author, Contributor(s), Edition, Language, Publisher or Imprint, Country of Publication, and Publication Date are associated with the assigned ISBN. If you use a free POD ISBN, that company will automatically register the above information as part of the Distribution process
Will Publish & Print provide me with an ISBN?
- Yes, we will sort this out with the POD company we use for your book
If I edit a previously published book, do I need a new ISBN?
A new ISBN is required when:
- You make significant changes to any part or parts of a published work, such as adding, moving, or removing blocks of text and/or chapters
- You change the title or subtitle of a previously published work
- You substantially change the cover design (to the extent that customers would view your book as a new product)
- You create and publish your work in a new product format (hardcover, paperback, eBook, audio book, etc.)
- You create and publish your work in a new trim size (change the book’s dimensions)
- You create and publish an eBook in a different file format such as EPUB or MOBI
- You publish with another publisher or under a new imprint
- You issue a translated version of your published work
You do NOT need a new ISBN when:
- You change the price
- You make minor corrections (spelling, grammar, typos) to an existing edition
- You make minor changes to the cover design of a newly published work or the change is intended to provide a marketing boost
What about ebooks?
- ebooks don’t require an ISBN
Important Note: Publish & Print uses a POD company that only offers retail distribution services for print books created in Latin character sets and eBooks written in English.