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Do I need an ISBN to Sell my Indy-Pubbed Book?

For eBooks, the answer is nearly an unequivocal NO.  If you're going to be selling your eBook at Amazon, B&N, iBooks or KoboBooks, it's a definite no.  Given that that's the list of most self-publishing retail portals, that's pretty much the answer:  NO.  

But:  if you're publishing through an aggregator or distributor, like Smashwords or Draft2Digital, the answer is maybe--you need to ask them.  

If you are putting your book out in Print, yes, you will need an ISBN. You can acquire an ISBN, in the USA, by going to RR BOWKER. If you need more than 1 ISBN, the 10-pack, at $250, is your best bargain (10 ISBN's for $250, versus 1 ISBN for $125.00). Easy math, right? If you have print and digital, NO, you cannot reuse your print ISBN for your eBook. If you have a formerly-published print book, NO, you cannot reuse the ISBN for a new edition of the book, a new version of the book, or an eBook version of the book. If in doubt, read your retailer's FAQs.

For a more detailed explanation about ISBNs, please read our in-depth article, Do You Need an ISBN for Self-Publishing? All the ISBN news that's fit to print!

This has been Hitch from Booknook.biz, thanks for watching!

Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.