Unless a book is intended to be privately published, it will need one of these unique 13-digit numbers. As you’d expect, we’ll help you with this, either to obtain your own registered imprint or in some cases we can publish using one of our imprints. PLEASE NOTE that we are unable to supply ISBNs unless we are providing the supporting services to print and publish your book.
An ISBN is important because it is a unique global identifier that enables a book to be located by a bookseller. If your book is a private publication for friends and family only we do not need to give it an ISBN. The master ISBN record for your book contains important information that booksellers need. This includes details about the content, the author(s), other contributor if applicable, useful marketing information e.g. reviews and links to book-specific relevant websites, as well as the physical specification and price.