ISBNs can often seem to be confusing and convoluted to acquire. So here’s some information to help prepare you to register for your own.
An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) identifies a title and its publisher. And ISBNs are issued by individual agencies in every country that adheres to the standard.
In Canada, ISBNs can be acquired through Library and Archives Canada.
In the United States, you can acquire your number through www.isbn.org.
You are under no obligation to get an ISBN; however, marketing your book will be difficult without one, as industry sales and distribution systems depend on them.
It’s simple and free to sign up. So, register through Library and Archives Canada, or if you don’t have internet access contact:
Library and Archives Canada
550 de la Cité Boulevard
Gatineau, Quebec J8T 0A7
Toll-free 1-866-578-7777 (press 1, 7, 3)