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Do I need an ISBN?

If you are a publisher or bookseller it may be in your own interest as you want to sell books. If your books cannot be ordered and distributed by ISBN and if they are not listed in Books in Print you may find that your books do not sell: People will assume your books do not exist, and if they know they may consider it too much of a bother to handle them in a traditional fashion.

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I’ve had writers ask me this question…A LOT. As a result, I figured I’d find some Q&A to assist my blog readers. One piece of advice…you will find POD and other publishing services that offer a free ISBN. Purchase and use your own if you truly wish to self-publish. If you decide to use their free one, THEY will be listed as the publisher of your book and NOT you.

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Now onto the ISBN Q&A (compliments of the ISBN User’s Manual):

Q: Why should I use an ISBN?

A: If you are a publisher or bookseller it may be in your own interest as you want to sell books. If your books cannot be ordered and distributed by ISBN and if they are not listed in Books in Print you may find that your books do not sell: People will assume your books do not exist, and if…

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Right, all that out of the way: Have at it, gentle reader, and tell me which books you loved and why. And don’t forget to share this with your friends!

Author, Book, E-book, Forbes, Guardian, self publish, Shopping, Suw Charman-Anderson

Self Publishing Advocate

Originally posted by Suw Charman-Anderson on Forbes.
Suw is one of the Social Media Poineers in UK. She’s also a contributor on Firstpost.com, Computer Weekly, CIO Magazine, and The Guardian under the Social Media and Technology category.

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to ask you, dear reader, what your favourite self-published book of 2012 is. What have you read that set your toes on fire? What gripped you? Excited you? Had you reading under the covers by torchlight (or kindlelight?) until three in the morning on a school night? I want to know!

To take part in the ad hoc and very unscientific survey, please take a moment to fill in this short form.

A few groundrules before you do, though:

1. You’re only allowed to suggest one title.
2.  That title must have been published this year.
3.  If you are a self-published author…

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