July 11, 2022

Should I get my own ISBN when I self-publish?

The question to get your own ISBN number when you self-publish is one you should carefully consider. As an aspiring author, you can either choose to get your own, or use the free ones available on platforms like Amazon, Ingram Spark and Darft2Digital.

By looking at the advatnages of both options, you can make an informed decision and then proceed to set-up the neccessary steps for your book's ISBN.

Getting your own ISBN

Getting your own ISBN is relatviely easy in most countries. You can use the site https://www.isbn-international.org to look up how to procure ISBNs in yrou country.

The advatnage is getting your own isbn, or set of ISBNs is that it will give you the freedom to publish on any of the platforms available for self-publishing. This means you won't be tied down to one site like Amazon only, but that you can publish on multiple platforms. There's a lot of freedom in that.

If you're serious about being an author, having your own ISBNs will go a long way to make you more credible.

Using a free ISBN

All the platforms like Amazon, Ingram Spark, Draft2Digital offer the option to obtain a free ISBN number. It's a wonderful oportunity for those starting out on the self-pubslihing journey. The only drawback from this though is that you will be limited to seliing only through that platform and that they will be the publisher of your work.

This can also mean that your audience may not be as big and you will also have less control over your work. You also won't be really able to sell your books through your own website or online store.

Decide what is best for you

In the end, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of getting your own ISBN. In the beginning you might consider a free one to save costs, but then later republishing with your own one when you are making some money.

It's important for you to look at costs involved in getting your own ISBN, and then moving forward with a decision that makes sense for you in the moment.

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