Free ISBN? Not a Problem.

ISBN and barcode for 'Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box'ISBNs are confusing.

In many countries, they’re free. Apparently those folks have a God-given (or government-given) right to be listed as the publisher of their own work, finances notwithstanding.

In the US, you’ll pay for the privilege of appearing to have published your own book. Bowker owns the monopoly. Like most monopolies, they’re expensive. But at least they’re hard to deal with, too, so you get the full package.

Free ISBNs abound, if you’re willing to let the owner of the ISBN be listed as the publisher. I bought 10 ISBNs back when I cared. That’s the last money I’ll spend on them.

Let’s use CreateSpace as an example, prompted by a question on Linked In.

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Print-on-Demand Using CreateSpace: Some Beginning Questions

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl Campbell

Continuing our conversation with author Cheryl Campbell

On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM, Cheryl Campbell <> wrote:CreateSpace is cooking my brain. Not sure if I need to use this service or not.

I was going to list the ebook on Amazon KDB, and I thought I would do the POD print book here (please jump in if you have a different suggestion). But the pricing is looking really funky for a soft back book. A minimum price of $11.09 seems very steep to me.

And what is the Createspace eStore? How does this differ from Smashwords?

And down on the left side of the menu there is an option for Publish on Kindle...haven’t even gotten there. But if I was doing it on KDB, I wouldn’t need this extra piece, would I?

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Preparing Your Book for Kindle and Print

Some authors need to get through the whole publishing process on their own. A major challenge is getting your book ready for Kindle and for print.

Usually, though, that challenge is ignorance and fear: not knowing what to do.

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