General Information

Which details do you need to get an ISBN?

Learn about the minimal requirements for obtaining an ISBN and the optional book registration process with ISBNdirect.

How many ISBNs do I need for my book?

Find out why you need a separate ISBN for each format of your book, such as paperback, hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, to facilitate correct listing and selling by retailers.

Do you offer bulk-discount?

Explore our bulk discount options for purchasing ISBNs, with increasing savings as you buy more.

Is my book attached to the ISBN?

Learn how an ISBN from ISBNdirect serves as a unique identifier for your book and the simple process of attaching your book to this ISBN through their user-friendly portal.

Can I use the ISBN for an e-book?

Discover how you can use an ISBN for your e-book to enhance its discoverability and accessibility to readers.

What's the benefit of using your ISBNs instead of the free ISBN from Amazon?

Learn about the benefits of using our ISBNs, like broader distribution and more control over your publishing, compared to the limitations of Amazon KDP's free ISBN.

Is this service only for paperbacks, hardcovers and e-books?

Discover how our ISBN service caters to a diverse range of literary works beyond just e-books, paperbacks, and hardcovers.

What is the difference between an ISBN and a LCCN?

Learn the differences between ISBNs, essential for commercial book distribution, and LCCNs, used for library cataloging, and how ISBNdirect offers an easy way to obtain ISBNs for your publications.

Can I split my ISBNs between multiple books?

Find out how ISBNdirect's service lets you purchase multiple ISBNs at a discount and easily manage and assign them to different books or formats through their user-friendly portal.

Do I need a new ISBN when correcting typos?

Discover how the necessity of a new ISBN for correcting typos in your book depends on your publishing platform's policies.

Is the ISBN service a one-time or recurring charge?

Discover the payment structure of our ISBN service, characterized by a one-time fee without recurring charges.

What is an ISBN?

In this article, we will explore the concept of an ISBN and understand its importance in the world of books.

How to obtain an ISBN?

A comparison between obtaining your ISBN through ISBNdirect, Bowker, or another national ISBN agency.

What is the difference between ISBN-10 and ISBN-13?

Learn about the shift from ISBN-10 to ISBN-13 and its impact on book identification in the publishing industry.

Why are your ISBNs starting with 979 instead of 978?

Discover the reason behind the shift from 978 to 979 prefixes for ISBNs and its implications for authors and publishers.

How long does it take until I receive the ISBN?

Find out how quickly you can receive your ISBNs after purchase and the additional option of registering your book with Bookwire through ISBNdirect's platform.