By JJ Marsh
As Swiss ALLi rep, I’ve had a lot of enquiries about the ISBN – International Standard Book Number. Here are some answers.
This is the information I shared at TIPE (The Independent Publishing Event), January 2013 in Zürich.
An ISBN identifies your book, like a fingerprint. If you’re based in Switzerland, you need to apply for Swiss ISBNs. Those with an address in the UK, US, Australia, etc, can apply via those countries. In Britain, you have to buy a batch of 10. The US, Australia and Switzerland allow you to buy individual ISBNs but do remember that you will need a different number for each format, paperback, Kindle ebook, Smashwords ebook. Also a single ISBN costs 115CHF, whereas 10 cost 300CHF.
Swiss site (German/French): SBVV
US site: https://www.myidentifiers.com/
Australian site: http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=121
If you come from somewhere other than the above…
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