When do I need a new ISBN?

Asked by: Stevie Lenz

A revised edition of an existing book A (substantial) change of text requires a new ISBN, and if revisions have been made then the reverse of the title page should state that the book is a revised edition, and the new ISBN should be printed there.

When should I change my ISBN?

  1. If you make substantial changes to your book. …
  2. If you change the title of the book you must have a new ISBN. …
  3. If a book is sold both individually and as a set, a new ISBN is need for the set. …
  4. If the price of the book changes you do NOT need a new ISBN. …
  5. Changing the cover of your book may, or may not, require a new ISBN.
  6. Do I need a new ISBN if I change my book cover?

    No. The ISBN only changes if the product changes. If changing the cover of a book, does a new ISBN have to be assigned? US practice is if the book is just out or the idea is to give a marketing boost to the product, then no, a new ISBN should not be assigned.

    How long does an ISBN last?

    ISBNs are sold in blocks of 10, 100, and 1000. When purchasing ISBNs, we recommend that you estimate the amount of publications you will be publishing within the next five years, and select the block that best suits your needs.

    Can 2 books have the same ISBN?

    Two books may have precisely the same content but be issued different ISBNs because they come from different printings. Likewise, printing errors, etc., can in rare cases render two books different despite having the same ISBN. For nearly all cases, however, the one-to-one relationship holds.

    Does ISBN number matter?

    An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is intended to identify a unique edition of a book. Thus a hardcover edition of a book will carry a different ISBN than a paperback edition of the same book, and a revised edition of a book gets a new ISBN even if it carries the same title.

    How many ISBNs do I need?

    How many ISBNs do I need? You will need one ISBN for each edition and format of your book. The ISBN identifies the publisher as well as the specific book title, edition and format (hardback, paperback, ePub, PDF, Mobi, Audio…). Any variation of a book would require the use of a unique ISBN to identify it properly.

    Does every copy of a book have a different ISBN number?

    Every book published has a unique number assigned to it – an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

    Can I change the ISBN on my book?

    If you made changes to your book, we may be able to help you move your ISBN to the new version in some cases. We can’t move your ISBN to a newer version of your book if the new book differs more than 10% from the older version.

    Do you need a different ISBN for paperback and hardcover?

    You will need an ISBN for each rendition of your book. If you plan to publish a hardcover, paperback, and ebook of the same title, you will need a separate ISBN for each format–three in total.

    What is the difference between ISBN 10 and ISBN 13?

    An International Standard Book Number is assigned to books for identification. Prior to 2007, the ISBN was 10 characters long. The 13-character ISBN was adopted to increase the availability of ISBN numbers globally as well as to conform to the International Article Numbering Association global numbering system.

    Can you use the same ISBN for print and eBook?

    A print book ISBN cannot be reused for the eBook. 2. It is recommended, but not required, that you assign a unique ISBN per format. A format is a Kindle eBook, an EPUB (used by B&N, Apple, Kobo, etc.), audiobook, hardcover, paperback.

    Do I need an ISBN to sell on Amazon?

    An ISBN is required to list a new book for retail sale on Amazon.com.

    Can I sell a book without an ISBN?

    ISBNs are not necessary to sell ebooks; none of the top online retailers require them. Printed books, however, cannot be sold without an ISBN. Remember that each version of your book would need a separate ISBN, and purchasing a block of 10 would be more cost-effective than purchasing one.

    How much does ISBN cost?

    The going rate for a single ISBN costs $125, while 10 ISBNs cost $295, 100 ISBNs cost $575, and 1000 ISBNs cost $1500. Note that these prices are based on the price listings at Bowker for those living in the United States. For ISBNs purchased internationally, prices do vary (and are often cheaper).

    Do I need an ISBN to self publish?

    When you publish a book, your publisher (or you, if you’re self-publishing) will—or should—assign an ISBN to your book. An International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, is a unique 10- or 13-digit number assigned to every book and book-like product.

    Do I need ISBN to publish on Barnes and Noble?

    We use ISBNs to track inventory and sales information. All books Barnes & Noble transacts on must have an ISBN. Or visit www.ISBN.org.

    Does Amazon give you an ISBN?

    Amazon will auto-generate an ISBN number for your print book and an ASIN number for your digital book, register it with Bowker and www.booksinprint.com and even generate the appropriate EAN barcode for the back of your printed book.

    Do I need a barcode for my book?

    Many authors confuse an ISBN number with a barcode. An ISBN number is required (although you may not need to purchase one as discussed below). However, a barcode is only required if you are distributing a physical or printed copy of your title.

    Can I make my own ISBN barcode?

    Step 1: Obtain the ISBN Number

    Before making an ISBN barcode, the user must first apply for an ISBN number. This number should be 10 or 13 digits, for example, 0-9767736-6-X or 978-0-9767736-6-5. Once the ISBN number is obtained, it should be displayed above the barcode on the book.

    Can I use the same barcode for different books?

    Once a barcode is made, the price on it cannot be changed. You would use the same ISBN on the new barcode because the book itself hasn’t changed. You can purchase new barcodes here whenever you assign a new price to your book.

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