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Module 7: Getting an ISBN (or not)

When Apple's iBookstore began operating back in 2010, it required that you get an ISBN for your eBook, regardless of whether you made it free or charged a fee. Now that has changed. No longer do you need an ISBN to publish in the Apple Book Store.

If you want to be your book's publisher of record, however, then you do need to have an ISBN. In the United States, you get an ISBN from Bowker by logging on to www.myidentifiers.com. The pricing of ISBNs is interesting:

Therefore it is tempting to buy a thousand so each ISBN costs $1.50 each. For more advice on whether to buy your own ISBN, follow this link to 10 FAQs on ISBN that every self-publishing author must know.