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Question about ISBNs
Posted: May 16, 2012 9:25 AM
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I know some don't approve of the free or custom ones that can be purchased from Smashwords and CreateSpace, but I'm not yet in a financial position to purchase a block myself.

Right now, I purchase the custom ISBNs both places offer, so that I'm listed as the publisher, and they're listed as the distributors.

I've run into something a little weird, and can't seem to get a real answer at Smashwords.

When I purchase a custom ISBN from CreateSpace, it appears in my Bowker(myidentifiers) account, so that I can edit the associated title's information, upload the cover and interior file.

However, when I purchase the custom ISBNs from Smashwords, the first few were listed, then disappeared from my Bowker/myidentifiers account, and none since have ever been listed in it.

My answer from Smashwords was "If CreateSpace is reselling a "My Identifiers" ISBN, then that would explain why the author has control of it at Bowker."

Um, what?

Bowker is the only US source for ISBNs, unless something's changed when I wasn't looking. When I applied for a publisher's account at Bowker's, I received a myidentifiers account and that is the site Bowker sends you to purchase ISBNs through.

So I don't understand why there is a 'difference', and why those I purchase from Smashwords aren't also listed in my publisher's account at Bowker/myidentifiers.

Anyone have an answer to help me understand this, please?

ETA: When I visit the Bowker site to this page, clicking on the link to 'visit the product site' takes me to this page, which is apparently the ONLY way to purchase to ISBNs from Bowker.

This is why I'm confused about why there would be a 'difference' between the ISBNs purchased, since a myidentifiers ISBN seems to be the only 'type' there is.

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Re: Question about ISBNs
Posted: May 16, 2012 11:48 AM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
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Ah, a Bowker rep was finally able to answer.

CreateSpace registers you as the owner of the ISBN when you purchase a custom ISBN.

Smashwords apparently does not.

That's the difference.
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