Question: Can You Use The Same ISBN For Print And Ebook?


Think of an ISBN as a fingerprint for a book.

Each and every different version of the book needs a new ISBN because it is not the same book.

The hardback version needs one, the paperback version needs one, the large print edition needs one, and the e-book version needs one.

Does an eBook have a different ISBN?

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is not required to publish content with Kindle Direct Publishing. If you already have an ISBN for your eBook, you’ll be able to enter it during the publishing process. Do not use an ISBN from a print version of your book; eBook ISBNs must be unique to eBook versions.

Can I use the same ISBN for Kindle and Smashwords?

It is NOT a company. (Kindle is both the name of the company and the digital format, which is why you have a Kindle Edition.) Thus it is completely inaccurate to use the term “Smashwords Edition.” Smashwords offers to give you a free ISBN but says this in no way makes them your publisher.

Do you need a barcode for an eBook?

An ISBN number is required (although you may not need to purchase one as discussed below). However, a barcode is only required if you are distributing a physical or printed copy of your title. You will need a barcode (excluding ebooks) and an ISBN number for each distinct publication.

Can you sell a book without an ISBN?

Summary. ISBNs are not necessary to sell ebooks; none of the top online retailers require them. Printed books, however, cannot be sold without an ISBN.

How do I get an ISBN for my eBook?

Finding the ISBN Number On a Book

On most books, the ISBN number can be found on the back cover, next to the barcode. If a book doesn’t show the ISBN on the back cover, look on the page featuring the copyright and publisher information and the ISBN will be found there.

Can 2 books have the same ISBN?

There are two main types. The first is a recent book that duplicates the ISBN on a much older book. The second involves two books from the same, usually very small, press that have the same ISBN. Heck, we’ve seen an ISBN barcode where the scanned barcode wasn’t the same as the number printed under it.

Do I need an ISBN for KDP?

An ISBN is not required to publish an eBook with Kindle Direct Publishing. Once your content is published on KDP, Amazon will assign it a 10-digit ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number), which is unique to the eBook, and is an identification number for the Kindle Book on

Does ISBN matter?

An ISBN should be assigned to each title or product, including any backlist or forthcoming titles. Each format or binding must have a separate ISBN (i.e. hardcover, paperbound, VHS video, laserdisc, e-book format, etc). A new ISBN is required for a revised edition. Once assigned, an ISBN can never be reused.

Can I use my own ISBN with Createspace?

CreateSpace offers a $10 Custom ISBN, and you can use whatever name you want for the imprint. If you use that, CreateSpace will distribute your book to bookstores. They will not distribute it to libraries and academic institutions. This Custom ISBN is a ton cheaper than the Bowker price for a single ISBN.