What are ISBNs, and Why are They So Important?
Registering for an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is an important step that every author needs to take when they are planning on self-publishing a book. An ISBN isn’t an optional step and is something that is widely used worldwide including in Canada
Your ISBN is a 13-digit number that identifies each addition of your manuscript and is used by booksellers, publishers, and librarians. As well, it identifies publications, publishers, and production companies. In Canada, it is compulsory for printed books, hardcovers, ebooks, and audiobooks to have that number and corresponding barcode.|
You should have an ISBN for each book format, for example, ebook, paperback, hardcover, or audiobook.
What is the Cost of An ISBN in Canada?
In Canada, we’re fortunate enough not to have to pay for an ISBN. However, it’s important to have your title and sub-title correct, as once it’s linked to your book, you can’t change the number.
If you are a Canadian resident or citizen, you don’t have to pay for an ISBN. In comparison, in the United States, it costs hundreds of dollars for an ISBN, depending on how many you need. To get an ISBN, you will need to have your title, the book format, expected date of publication, and contact details of the author.
How Do You Get An ISBN in Canada?
In Canada, you can obtain an ISBN from the Canadian ISBN Agency. You’ll need to register for an account before requesting the number, which can take several days, so don’t leave it until the last minute! Once you have registered a book, you are obligated to send copies to the deposit so that they can be cataloged.
Do I Need An ISBN for My Book in Canada? – Conclusion
As you can see, getting an ISBN in Canada for your books is a vital step in the publishing process, but luckily, it’s not going to cost you anything! If you have any questions about ISBNs, or how to get one, don’t hesitate to contact us at Indie Publishing Group!