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.

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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.

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.

Gregath ISBN Update Tuesday, Jan 20 2009 

 As always, we suggest you obtain and use your own ISBN. However, if you prefer to use one of the Gregath ISBN, the fee is now $40.00, per number.

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.

June 2005, V4#6: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Information about ISBN’s can now be found at http://www.isbn.org with the older address of http://www.bowker.com listed in an earlier edition.

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