Question: Do All Books Have An ISBN Number?

This 10 or 13-digit number identifies a specific book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audiobook).

Since 1970 each published book has a unique ISBN.

In 2007, assigned ISBNs changed from 10 digits to 13.

On most books, the ISBN number can be found on the back cover, next to the barcode.

Do all books have ISBN?

The ISBN is a unique number for that particular book, and can be assigned once, and only once, to that title. It can’t be used with any other book in the future, even second versions of the same book. You don’t need an ISBN to sell in each individual country. ISBNs are international, they are just assigned locally.

Can a book be published without an ISBN number?

Your publishing service company can assign your book an ISBN at negligible or no cost. This would mean a lot to a self-published authors, who do not have the marketing and distribution capabilities of a traditional publisher to fall back on.

How do I get an ISBN number for my book?

How to find the ISBN of a book. You can find the ISBN number of a book by simply visiting that book’s Amazon page. Another way is to use the official page: ISBN Search. Just plug in the author name or title of the book and you’ll receive a list of all the books that match up — as well as the 13- or 10-digit code.

How much does it cost to get an ISBN number for a book?

If you ever publish another edition of your book, or another book entirely, you will need more than one ISBN. I suggest you buy the 10 pack. A single ISBN today costs $125, while 10 ISBNs cost $250, 100 cost $575 and 1000 cost $1000. Note that the price per ISBN drops from $125 to $25 to $5.75 to $1.

Can you sell a book without an ISBN?

Yes, you can certainly publish your book without an ISBN: Amazon will assign an ASIN, for example, to a Kindle version of your book in lieu of an ISBN. But if so, say that KDP is your publisher, not that you’re self-publishing. No, you cannot self-publish a book online without an ISBN.

To register a book or other creative work, simply go to, the website set up by the Library of Congress. There is an online portal to register copyrights for photographs, sculptures and written works. Fill out the form, pay the fee and you are registered.

Does Amazon provide ISBN numbers?

You don’t need an ISBN number to publish your Kindle book. During the publishing process, Amazon will assign a 10-digit ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) that will identify your Kindle book on

What is the purpose of an ISBN number?

ISBN stands for “International Standard Book Number”. It is a unique identifier for books, eBooks, tapes, and CD’s. The ISBN numbering system is used worldwide and publishers around the globe identify their work in this standardized format. Each title or edition must be identified by a unique ISBN.

Do I need a barcode for my book?

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.

What is an ISBN number for books?

ISBN is the acronym for International Standard Book Number. This 10 or 13-digit number identifies a specific book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audiobook). Since 1970 each published book has a unique ISBN. In 2007, assigned ISBNs changed from 10 digits to 13.

How long does it take to get an ISBN number?

How long does it take to get an ISBN? Allow 5 business days for non-priority processing from the time an ISBN application is received at the agency (not from the date sent by the publisher.) Priority processing is two business days from the time an application is received at the agency.

Your book is legally copyrighted as soon as it is written. But, to scale up your legal rights and protect your material to the fullest extent, register your book with the Federal Copyright Office.

Can two books have the same ISBN number?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and it is a unique identifying number for a book. For example, paperback and hardcover versions of the same title will have different ISBNs. A textbook will have a separate ISBN for each edition.

Can a book be the same if they have different ISBN numbers?

Sometimes a book has one ISBN number on the dust jacket, and a different ISBN number on the publication data page inside the book. Thus a hardcover edition of a book will carry a different ISBN than a paperback edition of the same book, and a revised edition of a book gets a new ISBN even if it carries the same title.

Can I sell a book on Amazon without ISBN?

If you sell books that are published in or after 1973 that do not have an ISBN/EAN, please contact us to request an exemption. You can apply for an ISBN/EAN exemption by clicking the Request Approval button at the bottom of the page and filling out the UPC Exemption form for Books.

Do old books have value?

Condition is very important and will greatly influence value. A beaten-up old book that is falling apart will have little value. First editions are sought-after by book collectors and a first edition is usually more valuable than a later printing. A first edition signed by the author will have even greater value.

Do ISBN numbers expire?

Answer: A: If you buy a block of ISBNs, you’ll receive them in an email message. They do not expire. Whether you copy-and-paste or type in the ISBN makes no difference, as long as there isn’t a typo.

How do I get an ISBN number for my self published book?

Provide Your Own ISBN

  • You can purchase your own ISBN from Bowker or through your local ISBN agency.
  • If you are reprinting your book, the title, author name, and binding type must remain the same.
  • Your book’s imprint must match what’s on file with your ISBN.

Do I need an ISBN for my book?

Of course, Bowker sells ISBNs. An ISBN is not necessary if you do not intend to place the book in stores, libraries, or with wholesalers. Although your print book must have an ISBN, it is NOT a requirement for eBooks. Online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble do not require an ISBN for eBooks.

Why do ISBN numbers not match?

DJs are sometimes printed before the book is printed, and are given a dummy ISBN. Generally that means that one of the numbers is for hardcover and the other is for paperback. The publisher may have entered the wrong one either on the dust jacket, or inside.