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  1. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    It's extraordinary really! It's hard to think about going with a traditional publisher, waiting months or years to get picked up. Especially since Covid, people have become so comfortable with online shopping. If you publish on Amazon, can you still get into public libraries?
    I've seen articles on how to get our books into libraries, but confess that I've not read them.

  2. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    It's extraordinary really! It's hard to think about going with a traditional publisher, waiting months or years to get picked up. Especially since Covid, people have become so comfortable with online shopping. If you publish on Amazon, can you still get into public libraries?
    I don't know how public libraries choose new books but if you're putting an ISBN number on the book this is what it means:
    An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the registrant as well as the specific title, edition and format.
    So it's an identifier that a library would use, at least. I don't see why they wouldn't choose a popular book that was published privately for their collection if they think it's a good book.

    Still, I imagine there might have to be some noisy marketing and popularity surrounding the book, too.
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  3. #43
    Quote Originally Posted by Foxee View Post
    I don't know how public libraries choose new books but if you're putting an ISBN number on the book this is what it means:

    So it's an identifier that a library would use, at least. I don't see why they wouldn't choose a popular book that was published privately for their collection if they think it's a good book.

    Still, I imagine there might have to be some noisy marketing and popularity surrounding the book, too.
    There could be a snag if you get your identifying number via Amazon - they use AISN (Amazon numbers), which may preclude your book getting in libraries.

  4. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by indianroads View Post
    There could be a snag if you get your identifying number via Amazon - they use AISN (Amazon numbers), which may preclude your book getting in libraries.
    Can you get an ISBN in addition to the AISN? I don't know how one gets an ISBN - haven't had occasion to do it.
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  5. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by Foxee View Post
    Can you get an ISBN in addition to the AISN? I don't know how one gets an ISBN - haven't had occasion to do it.
    I've not tried it, but this is what I found online.
    https://self-publishingschool.com/how-to-get-an-isbn/#final

  6. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by Foxee View Post
    Can you get an ISBN in addition to the AISN? I don't know how one gets an ISBN - haven't had occasion to do it.
    It's not at all hard. Buy them here: http://www.bowker.com/products/ISBN-US.html

  7. #47
    Quote Originally Posted by Foxee View Post
    Can you get an ISBN in addition to the AISN? I don't know how one gets an ISBN - haven't had occasion to do it.

    In the process of formatting and establishing your book, they ask you if you already have an ISBN or do you need one? If you say you need, they assign a number for you without any extra effort on your part. It just shows up on your book. I don't know about AISN.
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  8. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    It's not at all hard. Buy them here
    Thanks for the link. Turns out the ISBN doesn't cost much, only $295.

  9. #49
    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipDine View Post
    Thanks for the link. Turns out the ISBN doesn't cost much, only $295.
    That's for 10

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    The ASIN is not the same as an ISBN. If you are publishing a book and have an ISBN (either one you purchased or one assigned to you by Amazon) the ASIN may be the same as the ISBN, which makes it confusing. However, the ASIN is used by Amazon internally to track products and the ISBN is used to identify your book across international borders.
    Sometimes the ISBN is not transferable between sites. For example, if you get an assigned ISBN through Draft2Digital but want to sell your book on Amazon, you may need to have another ISBN assigned by Amazon. Then you have two ISBNs for the same book.
    https://ceflores.com/tag/what-is-the-difference-between-isbn-and-asin/

    In Canada, you can get isbn's for free and you get them in batches of ten at a time.

    If you don't want an isbn, Amazon assigns an ASIN. If you want an ISBN but don't want to buy or get your own, Amazon will provide one from their own supply of ISBN's. The best bet is to get your own as to the reason in the second quoted text above. You will also need a separate ISBN for each version (digital and print) as well as ideally any new editions.

    Hope this helps.
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