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moongolly

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How limiting is a CreateSpace assigned ISBN?
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 3:22 AM
 
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I am about to publish one of my ebooks in paperback through CreateSpace.

If, further down the track, I decide to extend circulation to Smashwords, B&N, etc., can I get another ISBN or is there only one allowed for each book?

Thanks
Jennie
irene2147

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Re: How limiting is a CreateSpace assigned ISBN?
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 1:55 PM   in response to: moongolly in response to: moongolly
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An ISBN is for different versions (print, epub) of your book.

For example, my books have an ISBN attached to the print version (via CreateSpace) and a different ISBN attached to the epub version (via Smashwords).

You cannot use a print ISBN for ebooks or vice versa. Plus, ISBNs given through Smashwords cannot be used on Amazon or B&N unless you are using Smashwords as your distributing channel.

Btw, if you ever publish your book as a second edition or with a different size, etc you will need a new ISBN.

Hope that helped.
politeia

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Re: How limiting is a CreateSpace assigned ISBN?
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 4:06 PM   in response to: moongolly in response to: moongolly
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Not limiting at all. They give it to you for free, with the proviso that they will be listed somewhere on the book, as publisher or something. But that doesn't change your rights to publish the book elsewhere yourself.
moongolly

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Re: How limiting is a CreateSpace assigned ISBN?
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:19 PM   in response to: moongolly in response to: moongolly
 
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Thank you, Irene and Politeia.

I thought perhaps an ISBN identified the title but it's all clear now.

Jennie :-)
bjscript

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Re: How limiting is a CreateSpace assigned ISBN?
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:41 PM   in response to: moongolly in response to: moongolly
 
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You can also pay Smashwords $10 and own a ISBN, and list yourself (or your company name) as the publisher, not Smashwords.

Bill
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Re: How limiting is a CreateSpace assigned ISBN?
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:50 PM   in response to: bjscript in response to: bjscript
 
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Thanks, Bill.

Good to know

:-)
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