Electronic Magazine – September 2014 v13#9: Production Thursday, Sep 4 2014 

With GCI new base set-up fee of $25.00, don’t forget that one easy way to reduce the cost per book is to order more books. If you publish 25 books, the set-up cost adds $1 per book, if you order 250 books the per book share of the set up fee is only a dime ($.10). While the set up fee is a flat rate, it divides into the quantity for a per book share. Additionally, as your publishing gets larger, you’ll save on printing and binding as bulk discounts are realized.

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June 2005, V4#6: Marketing Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

If an author chooses to, applying for ISBN numbers will get the book(s) in the “Books In Print” reference series.  Additionally, many stores that special order, do so from this ISBN database.  An ISBN number (and barcode) may be required if one plans to utilize a large wholesale distributor. ISBN website – www.bowker.com.

September 2003, V2#9: Production Saturday, Jan 17 2009 

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is usually associated with the barcode on the back of books.  This number is assigned to a publication from the “publisher’s” prefix group – ultimately from R. R. Bowker – http://www.bowker.com.  A number only applies to the publication from that publisher in that format only.  In other words, if you have an ISBN on a hardbound book, your softbound edition can’t use the same number.  Some printers have numbers that can either be used for free, or for a small fee for publications.  Additionally, regardless of who produces the book, you can purchase your own block of numbers.  This may help if you don’t plan to stay with the same production company.  If you use printer A’s ISBN for the first edition and for your second printing use printer B – you can not use printer A’s ISBN on the second edition.  For more information, check out Bowker’s site above.