How To Monetize Your Blog 101 - Lesson 11 - Purchasing ISBN Numbers in the USA
If you don't have a MyIdentifiers.com account you should consider getting one if you plan on publishing under your own imprint. If you are publishing under the imprint of another entity they will usually get the ISBN number for you. The shorties and I are fond of our Wordy C logo and have new business cards in progress for our start up. There's tee shirts and mugs coming too because we like those, but I digress... ;-)
If you click the above MyIdentifiers link you will discover that "Bowker Identifier Services can help you purchase an ISBN, for both print books and e-books, and help you manage your account. Once you submit your title information, it becomes part of the bibliographic databases at Bowker and appears in Books In Print, allowing for discover-ability by bookstores and libraries who look for publications to purchase."
Here's the quote everyone I asked sent me:
"The U.S. ISBN Agency at Bowker, is the only official source of ISBNs in the United States and its territories. With an ISBN you can manufacture your publication and sell them anywhere in the world. The US ISBN Agency can only assign ISBNs to publishers located in the United States and its territories. Publishers located in other countries must obtain their ISBNs from their local ISBN Agency. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or one unique edition of a title from one specific publisher. An ISBN allows for more efficient marketing and cataloging of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers, and distributors."
The free PDFs on this website are a must have. Check out Bar Code Basics to see what I mean. Knowledge is power, people. ;-)
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