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Evelyn Wood | 54 comments Most probably know all this, but I hope it might help someone. I prefer my own ISBN numbers as they give me a wider choice of potential markets. What is not clear are the number of places one needs to register numbers and titles.

Based in the UK, I buy from Nielsen. Then one needs a free account with https://www.nielsentitleeditor.com/ to load details and cover image. If you hope to sell to UK libraries you also need to upload to https://www.bdslive.com/page/publishe... (on this page there is a link "Upload Data" - you don’t need an account - just follow the instructions.) I sell in the USA too and have just created a free account with Bowkers where I can register my books with their UK ISBNs. The point of all this is that organisations like Libraries can only source books listed in the databases.

Whether ISBN’s issued by firms like Create Space are registered everywhere I have no idea.


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Petra Jacob | 21 comments I know nothing about this and need to learn, so thank you for the information. When you sign up for an ISBN do you upload your book to them too? Or just the cover? How long does the process take?


message 3: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn Wood | 54 comments Petra wrote: "I know nothing about this and need to learn, so thank you for the information. When you sign up for an ISBN do you upload your book to them too? Or just the cover? How long does the process take?"

Hi Petra,

I'm no expert, but http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/con... are helpful. The minimum number you buy is ten and there is a one time registration fee. The number identifies you (as a publisher) and the book you have assigned each number to. The number goes on the book. When you use one you tell Nielsen (if you are in the UK) or your issuing agency - e.g Bowker in the US. You load up details of the book - page number, number of illustrations, price, distributors etc. Also a copy of the cover. You don't upload the manuscript. Hope that helps. I think many people just use a "Free" number not realising that the number actually identifies the publisher and you can't use it elsewhere. For example, I use Create Space and Ingram and if I have a big print run I can use a Chinese printer - If I used someone else's ISBN I could not do that.


message 4: by Petra (new)

Petra Jacob | 21 comments Thank you Evelyn, that is very clear and helpful!


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