If your book is suddenly in high demand, wouldn’t you want the reading populace to be able to find it?
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number which is the 13-digit number on the back of a book used by book sellers everywhere – shops, libraries, online sellers – to identify and find your book. As indicated by the “I”, the ISBN number is recognized internationally as well as in the United States.
Why an ISBN?
If you are a businessperson, and you are when you’ve written a book and are offering it for sale even if you are only selling it yourself in one-on-one situations like craft shows or yard sales, you would be wise in getting an ISBN. Who knows, your book may suddenly be in high demand, and you certainly want the reading populace to be able to find it.
Getting an ISBN number is relatively easy to do but you first need to think about what your plans are. Is this going to be a ‘one and done’ book or are you thinking about and planning on writing other books? Maybe cost is a factor in making that decision. If so, then you’ll be pleased to learn that you can get a free ISBN number through Amazon or Ingram Sparks, and most recently even Smash Words.
Don’t be misinformed.
There is a lot of misinformation and confusion regarding ISBN numbers. I’ve even heard authors express concerns they would lose their rights to the book if they got an ISBN number. That is not true. An ISBN number is simply a locator, like your home address or a Social Security number for that specific book, and you keep all rights to your book so don’t worry about the rumors. Listen to the pros.
How do you decide what to do? If you are thinking about or planning to write another book, or books, then you might want to consider buying a bundle of ISBN numbers. Don’t worry, they don’t expire, and you’ll have them when you need them; even so, there are some things to think about.