October 24, 2008, Newsletter Issue #155: ISBN Barcode Tip

Tip of the Week

Don't forget the numbers! There are three numbers you may want to include on your cover in a scannable, barcode format: The ISBN Your book's cover price. The UPC, or the Uniform Product Code

The ISBN is a universally recognized, 10-digit identification number. The first digit represents the country of origin. The second set of numbers identifies the publisher. The third set represents the title. And, the last digit is a self-check. Administered in the U.S. by R.R. Bowker, ISBN's are issued in blocks of 10.

*While self publishing books are not required to obtain ISBN's, distributors and most book stores will not accept a book without one.

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