ISBN FAQs

Getting your manuscript ready takes time and expertise, and we want to provide you with the best services to ease the self-publishing process. Please note that ISBNs are included with publishing packages, and we do not sell them separately.

What is an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)?

Can I get an ISBN for free?

How to get an ISBN for free with 5310 Publishing?

Why do I need an ISBN?

What is the benefit of buying an ISBN (instead of getting one free from Amazon)?

How long does an ISBN last? Does it expire?

Can two books have the same ISBN?

What is an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)?

  • An ISBN is a numeric commercial book identifier (barcode). It is a unique identifier for books and ebooks.

  • An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by bookstores, publishers, libraries, schools, internet retailers, and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales and stock purposes.

  • The ISBN identifies who published the book, when it was published, what country, title, edition, author name, who printed the book and the format.

Can I get an ISBN for free?

How to get an ISBN for free with 5310 Publishing?

  • Publishing with 5310 Publishing gets you an ISBN for $0!

Why do I need an ISBN?

  • Without an ISBN, you can’t sell your book in any store.

  • You can’t get a barcode without an ISBN.

  • Your book needs an ISBN to qualify for worldwide distribution.

  • If you do not intend to place your book in stores, libraries and wholesalers, then you won’t need an ISBN.

  • If you are selling ebooks only, you don’t need an ISBN, but it is still good to have one!

What is the benefit of buying an ISBN (instead of getting one free from Amazon)?

  • If you don’t get an ISBN and publish through Amazon or B&N, the imprint will say “Independent Publisher.”

  • Without an ISBN, people won’t be able to find and buy your book.

  • The ASIN (Amazon Identification Number) is different from an ISBN and can only be used for Amazon for Kindle ebooks.

  • You shouldn't be paying for ISBNs, that's why we offer them for free!

How long does an ISBN last? Does it expire?

  • It does not expire.

Can two books have the same ISBN?

  • No. You will need different ISBNs for your ebook and paperback.

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