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Most authors intuitively know their published manuscript will require an ISBN number before being published. Now, with that being said, I get so many questions asking how to go about the process of getting an ISBN number. So, I thought this would be a good place to not only discuss how to purchase an ISBN number, but also Copyrighting, Public Domain, Trademarks, Preassigned Control Numbers, and Fair Use.
International Standard Book Number or ISBN
To facilitate the sale of your book you must purchase a 13-digit ISBN number and barcode to identify the title or edition of your book for marketing. Bowker® is the official source for ISBNs in the United States. To purchase an ISBN number and barcode simply go to www.isbn.org and click on “buy your ISBNs today!” You can purchase ISBN numbers in increments of 1 for $125, 10 for $275, and 100 for $575. Bowker® also has various publishing solutions for you to choose from that includes ISBNs, barcodes, and other marketing resources.
I recently presented at an event for aspiring authors and one of the questions posed was how to purchase a patent for a book or manuscript. I wanted to provide a thorough explanation, one of which that started with what is the difference between a copyright, patent, and trademark. Well, first and foremost, a patent is not required for a book or manuscript. Patents are secured to give inventors the sole right to and exclude others from making, using, or selling their invention.
To learn more about patents, I recommended the writer go to The United States Patent and Trademark Office for more information. The excerpt above is from The Indie Authors Resource Guide for Self-Publishing available now on Amazon Kindle for $2.99! Please join us on Facebook at Walker Chatman Publishing.
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