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.

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

ISBN FAQ Website Update Tuesday, May 5 2009 

More information for the author: We’ve added a PDF page for current FAQ’s about ISBN.

Click here for Gregath’s ISBN information page

R. R. Bowker (USA) – http://www.isbn.org

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.