Things You Need to Know About ISBN Numbers via BiblioCrunch

I don’t normally run excerpts from other posts on the Digireado blog as I prefer to have original content. Every now and again though I come across something that is important to share.

I covered the BiblioCrunch Book Marketplace in this post, and their blog for self publishers has some great content – I’ve also added them to the Digital Gurus page if you want all their details.

Because BiblioCrunch is US-based I’ll just mention a couple of points relevant to our region:
  • In Australia ISBN’s are managed by Thorpe-Bowker.
  • For your initial registration you will need to pay a fee of A$55. This is a once-only fee.
  • After that, fees are as listed on this link – ie A$40 for one ISBN, and $80 for a block of ten. I strongly recommend purchasing a block of ten in order to assign different ISBN’s as listed in the post on BiblioCrunch.
  • In New Zealand the National Library is responsible for ISBN allocation –  please see this link.
  • Happily for New Zealand authors and publishers, these ISBN’s are allocated free – although digital editions (for ebooks) are required to be emailed to them or physical editions mailed to the Legal Deposit Office at the National Library.

Excerpt from BiblioCrunch Self Publishing Blog: – Things You Need to Know About ISBN Numbers

Did you know that having an ISBN number ups your rank in Google? Or that there is no such thing as an eISBN? A lot of the authors we work with ask whether they need an ISBN? We had a chance to speak to Laura Dawson of Bowker, the company that distributes ISBNs, to get the down and dirty on these elusive numbers.

1) In essence, what is an ISBN?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) identifies a particular book in a particular format. It is 13 digits, and starts with 978 or 979. The final digit is a checksum that’s calculated based on the preceding digits.

2) Who should get an ISBN for their book?
Anyone publishing a book that wants the book to be openly traded (outside a walled garden like Amazon) and/or counted in book industry statistical analyses. Also, if you are interested in your book listings being found on the open web (via Google, for example), search engines prioritize books with ISBNs in search results.

Click here to read the rest of this post, including why you can’t use one ISBN for all your book formats on the BiblioCrunch Self Publishing blog!

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    • Thanks for taking the time to comment Jessica! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and hope our paths cross in 2013 – online or offline! Anna

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