I think most Authors that get into the self-publishing boat probably do a lot of their own research. As did I! You kind of have to, especially if this is something you are new to. Obviously I am not new to the writing game, but there was one thing in particular I did not have any knowledge about. I found all sorts of ways to stay with my budget, but still get all of the things I needed and wanted for my books. One of those things was an ISBN. Beyond just finding the PERFECT site to buy my ISBNs from, I also found out a little more about ISBNs and when you need them. Before I get into anything else, I do want to say upfront that this is an affiliate url. So if you can use it – awesome. If not, well that’s okay too. The website I buy my ISBNs from is: http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53. So why did I choose them among ALL the other websites out there?
– First off, the website was easy to understand. You can simply go to the site with no previous knowledge and understand what they are talking about! I was new to all of this ISBN stuff and some sites made it SO scientific. It really made me shy away from them.
– Second off, most people will tell you that you have to pay $125 for an ISBN. in fact, before doing some in depth research, I really thought $125 was the norm. But, I didnt like that. I was spending money on other things that were even more important to me; like the illustrator and the editor. So I really started to search and research and search again. This site offers CHEAP ISBNs. The more you look around, the more you begin to realize that $125 is NOT the norm. Its what “they” want you to think is the norm. In this case, cheap does not mean crappy. There is a $18.99 option which allows you certain facets and there is also a $99 option which allows different options as well. The website is very transparent. No big words you can’t understand. No beating around the bush.
– The support was superb. Every little or big question I had, Dan helped me out and answered me in a fairly timely fashion. Even with the legendary Bowker.com aka https://www.myidentifiers.com I emailed them many months ago and never received a reply. Shame shame!
– I don’t know how other ISBN sites work because I was not about to buy a $125 ISBN lol, but with http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53 I got an email soon after I purchased it and the email had my ISBN in it. For a split second I thought, “Is this for real? Can it really be that easy and that cheap?” So then I visited one of the major ISBN versifier websites and voila it was a real ISBN, it was not used yet, and it was valid.
Other things you NEED to know about an ISBN:
– According to the handful of people I talked to, all of which were ISBN website owners and or authors, they all said that for an eBook you do NOT need an ISBN. I know this to be true because I put my books on sites like NookPress, Kobo, Scribd and Amazon and have never been asked for an ISBN or HAD to have an ISBN.
– eBooks vs Print: You can sell 5,000 ebooks and never use an ISBN (except for sites like Lulu) and you can sell 5,000 print copies of .. The Nine Of Hearts. But, you can only use the ISBN you purchased for one or the other. You cannot use the same ISBN for both ebooks AND print books. Further more, you have to buy a new ISBN for each book. So if you have Book #1, Book #2, Book #3, you have to have different (3) ISBNs for each book.
– As mentioned above, ISBNs are NOT $125. Or they are, but that is NOT the norm! Even if you don’t want to use my little link http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53 and you want to find a site on your own, just know that $125 is a cheat. I won’t call the $125 option a scam, because I am sure there is some use to it (for people that don’t do their research and find a less expensive site!), but its a great way to cheat you out of your hard-earned money. Pardon moi, but screw that! I save money on whatever I can. Maybe someday when I become a Best Selling Author and I make $XX,XXX a month then I’ll look into the $125 option, but probably not. If the $18 option is the exact thing as the $125 option, well …!
– There is also another website that a converter/author mentioned that I was drilling questions with! She suggested this site and it’s the one she uses: http://www.isbn-us.com/shop/independent-publisher-program they start at $55, which is more than ISBN Services, but less than the “norm.”
On a final note: Always do your research – or find someone else to do it for you! If you cannot find a service that fits your budget, do it yourself! Obviously you cannot create an ISBN by yourself, but when it comes to things like writing and submitting your own press releases, making videos for your books or products writing blogs, do it yourself!