Quick Answer: Is ISBN Only For Books?

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.

Remember that each version of your book would need a separate ISBN, and purchasing a block of 10 would be more cost-effective than purchasing one.

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.

What is ISBN on 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.

Do you need a different ISBN for eBooks?

The ISBN is used internationally and requires a different number for each version of the book. ISBN numbers are not required for eBooks, and for books that will not be available in stores or libraries.

How do I find an ISBN number for a book?

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 10-digit or 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally. You can find an ISBN number in several places on a book. Look on the copyright page located in the front of the book near the title page.

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 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.

Why is ISBN important?

The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.

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.