An ISBN for your book?
This question pops up again and again.
Free vs Purchased? Which is better?
I know authors who use both. The answer is a personal one and each #writer must decide what fits the goal for their book. But whatever you do, don’t take the decision lightly.
Here is why:
- I wanted hard copies, not just ebooks.
- A purchased ISBN belongs to me. Giving me all publishing rights and control.
- Allows me to publish under my imprint. (Second Act Press, not Amazon or Createspace.)
- My books are available to my local library through the IngramSpark catalog. (Love seeing them there.)
- Brick and mortar stores can order them. (One-day fingers crossed.)
But, I did not purchase an ISBN for the ebook version.
Here is why:
- It is my understanding that ebooks use an ASIN which is provided by KDP free. (Y’all correct me if I’m wrong on this.)
- The ebook distribution does best through Kindle (In my humble opinion.)
Virginia Anderson goes into a great more detail about the ins and outs of ISBNs in a recent blog post. So, head over and read her article before you decide to buy or not buy one for your book.
Help! Do I Really NEED an ISBN? by VS Anderson
Have you decided what you need for your book?
Did you buy an ISBN or use a free one?
Did you use a publishing service to handle this?
Did you find the process complicated?
Will you do it differently next time? How?
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