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.

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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.

July 2004, V3#7: Marketing Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Keeping in mind shipping costs while setting a book’s price, many choose to send their mailings USPS Media Mail.  As with any class of mail, this one has some rules you may not be aware of.  One of which is that no billing invoice or advertisement may be placed in the box.  As always when sending through the post office, packing slip/inventory with arrival address is still encouraged.

June 2003, V2#6: Define Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

Drop Ship: The seller of the product doesn’t actually have the inventory. The order is forwarded to the author minus a sales commission. The author maintains all book inventory and controls shipment.