How long does an ISBN number last?
Forever! ISBN numbers do not expire and cannot be reused, meaning that each is truly unique. This also means that they cannot be transferred between an author’s different publications, or even new formats e.g., a Hardback, paperback or audiobook. Some likely situations where you will need a new ISBN number are:
Despite being so vital to the global dissemination of your book, securing an ISBN number as a self-publishing writer is an easy task. In the UK, ISBN numbers are conventionally bought directly from Nielsen. Their ISBN Store offers both singular and package deals of 10–1000 ISBNs. However, as a Rowanvale client, it can be made even easier. In our various publication services (specifically the Paperback/Hardback Publishing Package, the eBook Publishing Package and the Children’s Book Publishing Package), we take the task off your literary plate and assign your book its own unique ISBN. When publishing through Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) you are given a free ISBN, yet there are significant disadvantages to free ISBN numbers. It is commonly recommended to avoid this option if you have the budget to look elsewhere.
How much does an ISBN number cost?
The price of an ISBN number depends on the option you take and the quantity you buy. Nielsen’s prices represent the UK average, with 1 single ISBN for £89, 10 ISBN Prefixes for £164, 100 for £369 and 1000 for £949. The value of these packages will depend on how many formats, translations, editions etc. you wish to create.
If you are interested in securing your ISBN through one of Rowanvale’s publishing packages, the average full-package price will range from £1056–£1404 for a 40,000 word manuscript. These prices include numerous other elements of the self-publishing process, alongside constant guidance from a personal Account Manager. Our figures can vary depending on a variety of book-related factors, so we urge you to get in touch with us to confirm your personalised quote.