Independent publishers and authors in the US are responsible for acquiring ISBNs for their books.
If located in the United States you can purchase an ISBN in 2 ways:
- From Bowker, the US ISBN Agency (www.myidentifiers.com). Check their website for current pricing.
- Through your IngramSpark account, for $85 each, when setting up your book and you own the ISBN. ISBNs purchased through IngramSpark are non-refundable.
If located outside the United States you can visit https://www.isbn-international.org/ to find out where to purchase an ISBN or EAN.
If you don't want your book available for sale through Ingram's global distribution network, IngramSpark can assign a free inventory code (SKU) to your book for printing and manufacturing purposes. When setting up your title you can select “Click here if you would like a non-distributable SKU to be assigned to this title”.
Be sure to use the same ISBN/EAN for your book in all markets. Listing the same book with different ISBNs or EANs on multiple websites or with multiple distributors may confuse retailers and consumers wanting to purchase your book.
WHAT IS AN ISBN or EAN?
An ISBN (International Standard Book Number), also known as EAN (European Article Number), is a unique thirteen-digit item code provided by your country’s ISBN agency and assigned by publishers to identify the format and edition of a particular title. A published book will have a different ISBN or EAN for each product type—one for the hardcover edition, one for the paperback edition, and one for the digital/ebook edition. Retailers and distributors require published titles to have an ISBN/EAN assigned to them for sales and inventory purposes.