ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number.
The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.
If your book is published in both printed and digital format, each of these formats should have a unique ISBN number.
The ISBN number is used to produce a bar code that will appear on the back cover of the printed version of your book.
If you are printing less than 50 copies of your book and do not intend it for retail distribution, you do not require an ISBN. If you are however printing 100 or more copies and wish to distribute them for retail purposes, an ISBN is essential.
Under the Legal Deposit Act of 1997 you will be required to provide one free copy of your book along with an information sheet to the six areas of legal deposit. Kwarts Publishers will take care of this process for you.
We do not charge a fee for the issuing of an ISBN number, but there is a fee for the admin involved in the registration and legal deposit.