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What you need to know about ISBNs and where to buy them
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n International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is simply a product code, used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. It enables them to identify a particular publisher and allows the publisher to identify a specific edition of a specific title from their product range.
You only need an ISBN if you plan to sell your book in shops or if you wish to distribute it to libraries.
Some companies, such as so called ‘vanity publishers’, may offer to supply an ISBN free as part of their service but you should note that if you do not buy the ISBN yourself from the UK Agency then you are not the publisher and you may find yourself in a situation where you do not have control over what happens to your book.
If you are self-publishing and decide that you need an ISBN then you should buy it yourself.
International Standard Book Numbers are issued in the UK by Nielsen UK ISBN Agency. As of January 2016, Nielsen now will supply a single ISBN for £75.00, but if you plan to write more than one book you are still better to buy a batch of 10, the cost currently standing at £149.00 including VAT. (January 2016)
For further information you can visit the UK ISBN Agency. It is quite a large website dealing with other areas than ISBN so to make life easier we have provided three links for you below, which open in a new window or tab:
Once you have an ISBN for your book, we can convert it into barcode for you and incorporate it into the cover artwork.
If you are producing your own artwork and have an old 10 digit ISBN then here is the conversion tool which you may find of help if you want to do the conversion yourself:
Free online ISBN 10/13 converter
An ISBN makes a book look “more real” but perhaps it is not worth the money if you don't really need it.
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Special Offer on Books
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We will give you 20% discount on artwork charges on the production of your book plus supply the ISBN barcode* free of charge for the back cover on all orders received before 31 MARCH 2017**.

 * We will make the barcode from the ISBN supplied by you as the publisher of the book.
** Conditional on first order, 50% payment with order, balance paid on final PDF proof approval.
Assistance with self-publishing by Jim Kirkwood author of several boxing books.
Self Publish Books / Gilmour Print

I have been asked by Self Publish Books at Gilmour Print to pass on my experience of dealing with Nielsen UK ISBN Agency.
For those of you who are determined to write a book, any type of book, with a view to selling it, you may find the following information of some help. It is in many ways an over simplification but it will give you a basic background to what is involved.
Firstly, and most importantly, no organisation will touch your book unless it has an ISBN number with its own unique barcode. There is only one place to get your ISBN number in this country and that is at In the past you had to buy a block of ten ISBNs (current price £149.00 including VAT) but as of January 2016, you can buy a single ISBN – unfortunately it costs £75.00 including VAT, so if you plan to write a second book you should buy 10!.
Nevertheless, Nielsens do provide services free of any additional charge. They will notify almost all online book sellers with details of your book. You can do this even before the book is complete, due to there being a facility to update once you are ready to release it.
Be aware that most people, in the first instance, seem to be buying books via Amazon. You can choose to sell your book on Amazon but you will not be happy to learn that they take 40% of the cost price of every copy they sell!
You can control the sale of your book to a very large extent. When you advertise, prospective buyers can either write directly to yourself, or order the book from a local bookshop. With the latter option, the bookshop will contact one of two companies, Gardners based in Eastbourne, or Bertrams based in Norwich. They in turn will place the order with Nielsens and they then send an email notifying you of the order. You send the books to either company (Gardners or Bertrams depending on which has contacted Nielsens) and will not be advised which bookshop made the actual order. Neither Gardners nor Bertrams are willing to pay the postage. Gardners and Bertrams make up their accounts at the end of each month and payment is made a couple of weeks later. However, they work a month behind. So, if you sell a dozen copies of your book in January, these will be included in their February accounts and payment will arrive with you by mid March!!
Don’t be disheartened, the whole process is much easier than you may think and staff at Nielsens are all very helpful. But, it is absolutely critical that you ADVERTISE your book as widely as you can afford. After all, if people don’t know about your book how on earth are you going to sell it . As a very rough guideline, a 75mm by 50mm advert in a local daily newspaper will cost at least £100 plus VAT. Also remember that if your book is on a local subject, the county library may wish to stock it.
I hope you find this information useful.

Jim Kirkwood
Online ISBN 10/13 converter help – Self Publish Books / Gilmour Print
This will only be of interest to you if you have an old 10 digit ISBN and need to convert to the new 13 digit version because you are supplying your own cover artwork with barcode.
We will be happy to do this for you and supply the barcode, either for you to place on your cover or for us to place for you once you send us the cover artwork. The charge for supplying the barcode is the same either way – £18.00
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