I’ve been asked this question several times: How many ISBNs do you recommend purchasing?
The question of buying bar codes has also arisen, but that question is not one I know much about. From my limited experience, I would say, no, it isn’t necessary.
My indie publishing experience has been with:
- Createspace (Amazon Company)
- Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon Company)
- IngramSpark(Lightning Source Company)
- Smashwords (covers several online ebook sources)
- Barnes & Noble(Nook Press)
Depending on how you plan to publish (i.e. only ebook or ebook & physical) you will need different ISBNs and you’ll need to purchase most of them.
For example, If you are only publishing through Createspace you will have the option of a free ISBN with their imprint for publishing, a $10 one to which you can assign your own imprint, a $99 option that allows more freedom, or using one you’ve already purchased outside Createspace…
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