Question: Does My Book Need An ISBN?

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.

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.

Does every book have an 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.

How do I get an ISBN 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 do I get an ISBN 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 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.

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.