Most readers and writers are familiar with ISBN’s. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is the number that is usually found on the back cover of a book along with a barcode. The ISBN is the number that allows readers or booksellers to identify specifics about a particular book. The barcode is the graphical representation of your book’s ISBN. Once it is scanned the book can be immediately identified.
An ISBN can be purchased from the US agency of R.R. Bowker (630 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974, www.bowker.com, phone number: (888) 269-5372. The Bowker website is https://www.myidentifiers.com/. There is a fee for ISBNs. Please be careful to do your research if you choose to buy an ISBN from anyone else. Other sites that sell “ISBNs cheaper” are often resellers and there are usually certain conditions associated with the lower prices. For more information about ISBN’s go to https://www.myidentifiers.com/isbn/about. Barcodes can also be purchased at the Bowker site. For more information on barcodes see https://www.myidentifiers.com/barcode/faqs.
The next acronym, LCCN, is less often recognized by indie authors. It stands for Library of Congress Control Number. If you plan to sell your book to a library, you must have an LCCN. This is a number assigned to the book by the Library of Congress which identifies your book in their database. There is no charge for an LCCN. For more information about LCCNs and how to obtain one (as well as further information on ISBNs and more) go to http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/faqs/. LCCN’s can only be obtained by USA book publishers.