ISBN numbers for eBooks

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Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:18 pm Post

ISBNs are free here in Canada? Maybe it's time I set up Pigfender Publishing...
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:00 pm Post

I was listening to a podcast for a SciFi and Fantasy book club called The Sword and Laser, and the subject of self-publishing came up in their interview of Michael J. Sullivan.

http://swordandlaser.com/?category=podcast
(Look for "S&L Podcast - #122 - Interview with Michael J. Sullivan" as time passes and newer podcasts shift that one down).

If you open up the comments, there's a nice summary with links to articles about ISBNs. I pasted them for convenience, with the caveat that I'm only passing them along; I only read one, and can't testify to their veracity.

http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/isbn/us/isbnqa.asp
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/o ... -book.html
http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/11/ ... ublishers/
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Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:59 pm Post

InklingBooks wrote:2. The iBookstore version. [ISBNs] Required by Apple unless you go through an aggravator such as Smashwords.


According to this Apple page
http://www.apple.com/itunes/content-providers/book-faq.html
… ISBNs are not needed.

Do I need an ISBN?
An ISBN is not required but recommended for any book you are offering on the iBookstore.


… although every article about iBooks always says ISBNs are needed. Bit confusing. I am sure you are right because you have published via iBooks and are therefore speaking from experience. I know the page goes on to say free books don't need ISBNs, but that line does say that ISBNs are not required for any books.