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Indie-Publishing: 411. Chat with Vania and KT–ISBN Numbers

I have been so excited about picking someone’s brain about this topic since I found out you can buy your own. So, with that said, I won’t dawdle here with small talk. Let’s jump right in and see what Vania has to say about ISBN numbers.

 

Vania Margene Rheault 

Should we start with ISBN numbers? There’s quite a debate about them.

KT Daxon

Sounds great! What are the pros and cons when it comes to buying your ISBN numbers vs. using CreateSpace’s free ones?

Vania Margene Rheault

Imprints are the name and logo of the publishing company you set up for yourself when you publish. They are a personal preference, but your name will be listed as the publisher of your book on CreateSpace if you don’t have one. They aren’t encouraged as much as owning your own ISBN numbers, but they go hand in hand.

This photo is from someone who took the free number.

The other pro is yes; you can list an imprint you create for yourself as the publisher, lending a bit more professionalism to your book.

KT Daxon

Which also doesn’t help separate you from other indie authors when you share the same “Publishing Name” I would think professionalism would be up on the top of an authors list?

Vania Margene Rheault

Yes. But that goes with the biggest con. ISBN numbers are expensive, and not everyone can afford them. If you publish with IngramSpark, they make you buy your own.

Here’s my book using my own imprint/ ISBN (Vania)

KT Daxon

I’m very excited to learn about imprints…as for the cost of the ISBN numbers, they are expensive but is it worth it to buy your own?

Vania Margene Rheault

Here’s where people are divided. Some say it’s worth it; some say they don’t care. The professional opinion of the Alliance for Independent Authors say you should always buy your own. But with CreateSpace giving them away, and Kindle Direct Publishing give you an Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) lots of people forgo buying their own numbers.  It’s a personal choice. Personally, if you can afford it, I say you should. Even if just for the vanity (and fun!)  of being able to use your own imprint.

KT Daxon

I really can’t see myself doing it any other way. Self-publishing is a journey, why wouldn’t you want to go all in?

Where To Buy Your ISBN numbers

Vania Margene Rheault

I guess cost is the main issue. After you pay for editing, maybe formatting, maybe cover design, there’s not much money left for something you can get for free.

Another con is if you’re going to be slow to publish. The best deals on My Indentifiers are in packs of 10, 100, and 1000. If you only publish once a year, it doesn’t seem worth it.

KT Daxon

Do the ISBN expire?

Vania Margene Rheault

No. Once they are yours, they are yours. But you can’t sell them or give them away. They are registered under your name and imprint. I called and asked them that. 🙂

KT Daxon

So as long as you wrote ten books in your lifetime, it wouldn’t be a waste….if one could afford it?

Vania Margene Rheault

Five books. One for the paperback and one for the KDP version. Any version of the book needs a new ISBN. I’m thinking of publishing my books in Large Print. That would require another ISBN. So one book could have four or five ISBN numbers.

KT Daxon

Such great information to know. Knowing that each book requires a different number, shows me that it IS worth it to get your own. Even if you had to sell something to afford it. (Which is what I considered, haha!)

Do CS and KDP have unlimited free ones?

Vania Margene Rheault

Yes, they’ll give you as many as you need to publish.

Other questions people have asked about ISBN numbers:

Can you change the cover without needing a new number?  Yes.

Can you change the insides without need a new number? Yes–if you don’t change more than 20%.

Can you change the size of your book and keep the same number? No.

Can you change the title and keep the same number? No.
Can you change your author name and keep the same number? No.

KT Daxon

Great information to know! Especially for those just venturing out. I’ve learned so much tonight!

Vania Margene Rheault

I hope we’ve helped some others, too. Do you have any other questions right now?

KT Daxon

Not at this time. The good thing about these chats, I’m sure we’ll get comments to inspire other chats.

Vania Margene Rheault

Awesome! I’ll dig up a couple of articles on the pros and cons of buying your own ISBNs as well.

KT Daxon

Here are a few I enjoyed reading:

Should You Buy Your Own ISBNs? by Write Nonfiction Now

Self Publishing Adventures

Exciting! I don’t know about you readers but I WILL be getting my own ISBNs, wanna know why? Check out our next chat where we discuss the fun and exciting topic of Imprints and making your book truly your own! See ya Thursday!

Remember, have ANY questions or comments—leave them below! I love hearing from my readers.

-KT

 

 

4 thoughts on “Indie-Publishing: 411. Chat with Vania and KT–ISBN Numbers

  1. This was extremely helpful. I was debating this before I decided how I wanted to publish my book. I am saving money to buy my own ISBNs because I am creating my own imprint with plans to eventually publish others’ work as part of my five-year plan. Thanks for posting this!

    1. I’m so happy you’ve gotten something out of our chats! It’s so good to help others as we go through our journey! I need a 5 years plan, haha! Good luck with yours!

    1. Fantastic! Be sure to check out the first 2 in this series, and the next one will be posted on Thursday at 9 am EST! I’m so glad they are helping!

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