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From: joe <>
Subject: [APG] Re: Self-Publishing Question re ISBN no.
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 19:33:45 -0600
I'm no big expert on this, but I work part time at a bookstore and I am in
the middle of self publishing a book. My book is being published by
iUniverse and they handle the ISBN process, but not the copyright
registration. You can find ISBN info here...
If you are self publishing and basically starting your own mini publishing
company then you need to have a publisher's prefix for your own company if
you want to have an ISBN. This is probably the reason for the blocks of 10
issue you have discovered. The second set of numbers in an ISBN is for a
particular company. My ISBN is 0-595-19194-0. The 595 part is iUniverse's
publisher number. The 19194 part is specific to my book. The last zero is a
check digit. If you don't have an ISBN for your book then it will be very
difficult for bookstores to find and order your book. And it won't get
listed in Books in Print. So you might want to find a self publishing
company that has the ISBN process included in their services. iUniverse is
"print on demand" and they might not do hardbacks (but a similar company
Xlibris does do hardbacks). So they may not be for you. Make sure whoever
you choose to publish your book you read and understand the rights section.
The copyright registration process is fairly straightforward. The website
Be sure to read the FAQ.
I don't know much about the Library of Congress number, but online info is
According to this page self publishers are not eligible for the service...
The FAQ is helpful...
I hope this helps at least somewhat. Others who have gone through the
process may know more than me. If you want your book available to
bookstores then you should probably get an ISBN. If you're just going to
send it out to libraries and family members I wouldn't worry too much about
it. But you should register the copyright at some point.
Oh, and if you want to know more about my book (non-genealogy) go here...
Edward Steele wrote:
> I am preparing (hopefully!) final draft of my Family History, which I
> expect to self-publish using a local printer here in St. Louis. My
> question is on obtaining an ISBN number when one is self publishing.
> My understanding is that ISBN only releases numbers in blocks of ten, at
> a cost of $225. (Whew!) Do any of our APG members have experience in
> self-publishing that you could share with me and thoughts about the
> merits and process of obtaining an ISBN number.
> As an aside, I also plan on obtaining a Library of Congress number, but
> that process appears to be more straightforward. Right?