Special publishing offer through Halloween 2012 Wednesday, Sep 19 2012 

New special offer for publishing customers until October 31, 2012:

ISBN
Totally FREE

Get placement in Books in Print automatically in any quantity.  We will add a Gregath ISBN to your verso free of charge and take care of the paperwork.  All books that carry Gregath ISBN do need to fill out our ISBN advertising program (no cost to enroll) form, or be listed published but out of print. Offer does not include any cover expenses related to ISBN or bar code fees.

To qualify for this special offer, please do the following:

  • Specifically request this sale (and what free/savings) offer with your manuscript/deposit mailing.

  • Send your manuscript and deposit to arrive at the publisher by 10-31-2012. Excludes any manuscripts already in house or mailed by September 18, 2012.

  • Include a copy of this blog post.

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February 2012 E-Zine (V11#2): Design Monday, Feb 20 2012 

Anyone may procure their own ISBN, but many are hesitant to learn another new process. Gregath offers assistance in many ways.

If ISBN has already been acquired, Gregath can take the publication, ISBN and user information and handle all the data entry for books in print and keeping up your ISBN registration. Services average $25.00 per single ISBN. If several need to be done at the same time, straight time can be utilized at $20.00/hour.

This service is offered without the requirement that the ISBN be listed for sale in the Gregath catalog. However, if it is genealogy or history, we highly suggest taking advantage of this free service – use the ISBN contract. Gregath can also help acquire ISBN.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/isbn.html

January 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Design Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

A Gregath Company, Inc. ISBN can be used for any publication through Gregath for the author/copyright holder. The flat fee* for this add-on publishing service is $20.00. In addition to this flat usage/filing fee, the book must contain the elements the ISBN agency requires. This may also add further costs to publishing, depending on the project. To utilize this flat fee service, the client understands:

  • Have a correctly completed ISBN Advertising Release on file, at Gregath, before published book delivery.

  • Assigned ISBN to be printed inside the book, near the Copyright information.

  • Assigned ISBN to be added to the bottom of the back cover for hard copy books.

The most frequently noted limitation with Gregath ISBN is the ISBN/book is listed out of print if it is published elsewhere, as a Gregath ISBN can not be used with another printer or publisher (author owned ISBN may be printed anywhere, as long as the design and format are consistent).

*This fee is waived with Smashwords electronic editions and traditional publishing of at least 100 books (upon request).

May 2009, V8#5: Define Wednesday, May 6 2009 

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/glosswrite.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand?  Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

Change in publishing ISBN fees Monday, Apr 27 2009 

Spring shift in publishing prices: Where we once charged a $45.00 to us a Gregath ISBN, we have split the fee and service:

Using Gregath ISBN – $20.00

Generate ISBN Barcode for use on publication (Gregath or other) – $20.00

June 2006, V5#6: Production Friday, Jan 30 2009 

ISBN

The inclusion of an International Standard Book Number in your book design, places you in the “Books in Print” reference series, available in print and online from many different places. Additionally, this places the book in the database that most large chain bookstores and many smaller book shops use to special order titles. This is a way to get Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million to carry the book without loosing inventory control. If an author has their own ISBN, they fill these orders directly. Generally, if a publisher ISBN is used, a copy or two stays with the publisher to fill these orders.

March 2006, V5#3: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

ISBN: International Standard Book Number – assigned by various agencies world wide.  A unique 10 (old) or 13 (new) digit number, used for inventory control by many book sellers.  The assignment of this number also places the title in “Books in Print”.  http://www.isbn.org

Flat Back (square back): A book that has not been rounded and backed.

August 2005, V4#8: Marketing Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

A correctly applied for and used ISBN can lead to more sales and easier distribution.  Having an ISBN adds your book to the “Books in Print” series.  Most major online booksellers use this as their database.  This is also how most bookstores check on availability for special orders.

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.

November 2004, V3#11: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 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.  An ISBN barcode may be required if you wish your book to be carried in some bookstores.

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