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A code used to register and keep track of books.

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In the EAN-5 book price barcode, is there a usage difference between 0 and 1 for British pounds?

In some English speaking countries, many books carry a barcode for an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) (10 or 13 characters) followed by a barcode for the price (five characters). The second ...
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Do I need a new ISBN when I change an illustration within my existing published book? [duplicate]

I published my picture book with an ISBN. I own the ISBN. Post publication I realized a character pose, on a page, does not represent the emotion, on the page. If I update the character pose and ...
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Did I set up my book series titles and ISBNs wrong?

I currently have 4 books all under one series that are self published. The way I have been setting up the titles through Ingramspark and under my ISBNs has been: Title: Name of the Book Series ...
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Replacing Amazon's ISBNs

I published many paperbacks with Amazon ISBNs. Everything was perfect but some books became too popular (sold well) and it was the beginning of my drama. I completely lost control (long story). The ...
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I want to traditionally publish my work but I have multiple ISBNs what do I do?

I have four poetry books and two nonfiction books I have self-published but now I have removed them from the web so I can traditionally publish them. Is there anything I need to do? Can I keep using ...
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Indie Publishing with more than one POD publisher & ISBN

I saw the question about books published by more than one publisher, but it doesn't entirely answer my particular inquiry, which is this: If I publish a book through CreateSpace and Kindle, can I ...
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What country to buy an ISBN when your language is different to the country you live in?

I live in France, so to obtain physical copies of my book (which is in English) for selling in book shops or giving away it is too expensive to order from Amazon because of high postage charges. So I ...
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Does publishing erotica on Kindle Marketplace require an ISBN, or is an ASIN sufficient?

I heard a few years back that in order to self-publish erotica there, you needed an ISBN. Is that still true? Or is an ASIN fine?
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Why are costs for ISBN less in Australia, until you order 1,000?

As I was looking up the Bowker website for when I go to buy ISBNs I found it has separate URLs for The US and for Australia (which is good because I'm Australian). but the prices seem....strange No. ...
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ISBN Add-On for different countries

I want to publish my book in the UK, US, CA and AU. Now the prices and currencies are different for each of these countries. Barnes & Noble says that they require a barcode with a price in it (EAN ...
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What is the difference between ISSN and ISBN?

Can anyone explain in layman's terms, using simple terminology, what exactly is the difference between ISSN and ISBN? There are lots of links on the internet, but they are complicated and use legal ...
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ISBN and international translations for sale in another country

If I understand the ISBN correctly, if I as a publisher, created a Spanish translation here in the US, but was also selling it in, say, Brazil, do I need a separate ISBN issued from Brazil where the ...
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I have a CreateSpace ISBN but want to Publish a New Edition through another Publisher [closed]

I have a CreateSpace-Assigned ISBN but I want to publish a collection of my books that are currently on CreateSpace through another publisher using a different title but some of the same material?
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Is there a way to find the book's circulation numbers?

Usually it's on a special info page before the title page/near the cover, but I can't find it for the book I have. I want to know, if possible, exactly how many were printed. Edit: The book's ISBN 10:...
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Should you get an ISBN even if KDP says they don't need one?

I thought that the ISBN was needed to publish all books, but the KDP guide says that they will provide their own Amazon Publishing number. I also want to publish on other platforms potentially, so ...
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When do I need a new ISBN?

I am about to obtain some ISBNs for a few books I plan to publish as an eBook and possibly in print. From books I have bought from major publishers, I gather that the eBook and print version have ...
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Can you sell a book for money while having it published online for free?

I write novels, I'm not a big name publisher or anything else but I have ideas that I think should have a chance to be seen by others. Most of my work is for private use, like sharing with friends ...
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Is it possible to tweak a book title after it's got an ISBN?

We organized an ISBN for a book last year, while it was still in the planning stage. As the book develops, it looks like the title we gave with the ISBN isn't quite right, and another title would be ...
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Purchasing copies of my own book with my own ISBN from Amazon prohibited?

Someone told me that if I use my own ISBN on books I publish through Createspace that I would not be allowed to purchase copies of my own book. Though I think this is ludicrous, I would like to know, ...
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If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?

I am preparing my book for print-on-demand through Amazon's CreateSpace service, and I am trying to understand the options for getting an ISBN. I am a little confused. CreateSpace offers a "free" ...
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How to deal with two ISBN from two different countries?

Since the book I am working on will be published in two different countries, it has two ISBN. The tricky question here is this: must both the ISBN barcode be placed onto the back cover of the book? ...
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How do I add an ISBN to Calibre ebook?

I downloaded Calibre two days ago. According to the Calibre user manual (website): Click the book you want to edit and then click the Edit metadata button or press the E key. A dialog opens that ...
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What is the difference between an ISBN and an ISBN Barcode?

Is the ISBN the same as the ISBN Barcode or are these 2 different things? I want to publish my own books, so need some clarification. Which one will help me save on my publishing cost?
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ISBN codes for privately sold books?

We are starting a community site for budding authors. Here the young writers send a pdf files of there writing and we get them printed at a lower prices than other publishers. And these books are only ...
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How to Create Barcode from ISBN Number

I have published some story books for kids and I have already bought the ISBN numbers for the same. But I am confused on how to get those ISBN numbers as barcodes on covers of books. What is the ...
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Can I use a different ISBN when publishing a co-authored book in two different countries?

I have what seems to be a rather complicated situation and need some advice. I have co-authored a book with an author living in a different country. We began by using a publisher in her country but ...
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ISBN - is it possible to have one and a title before publishing?

i am currently writing a book but would like to know if i can pre register an ISBN and Book title. I am little concerned someone might call their book the same as mine before i finish it. So i really ...
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ISBN - does it uniquely identify book dimension?

(I'm not sure this question fits here but this site seems the most appropriate within stackexchange network...) I'm trying to buy a some book from NHBS (a field guide). The problem is that the same ...
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Can I ask CreateSpace to *not* add a barcode to my cover?

I'm about to publish a book via CreateSpace. For graphical reasons, I prefer to add the ISBN barcode myself at the size and position of my choice. How can I set it up on CS so that they don't add a ...
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Should DOIs ever be preferred to ISBNs?

Any ISBN yields a DOI. For example, the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. has ISBN 978-0-226-10420-1, which maps to doi:10.978.226/104201, allowing any book to be digitally identified in a reference ...
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