While over 90% of book sales move through Amazon book sales, there’s a hitch that many first-time authors and newbie writers are unaware of - the limitations of using an Amazon ISBN number for your self-published book.
Because a “free” ISBN can be a significant incentive for using an Amazon ISBN, you should know that you’re severely limiting yourself on how and where you can sell your book when you use an Amazon ISBN.
What is an ISBN Number?
An ISBN is a unique 13-digit number that most published books have assigned to them. Usually, an ISBN number in the United States typically starts with 978 or 979. Your ISBN number for your book identifies various attributes about a book, such as a book edition, publisher name, page count, and other elements of a published book.
Writing a book can be a big endeavor - figuring out the content, topic, title, and what you will write for the chapters. How many chapters should you write, and how many words should you have in your new book?
When you’re writing a book, there are many decisions. However, if this is the first book you’ve written, then deciding whether to work with a publisher or self-publish your book is easy for 98% of first-time authors - you’ll want to self-publish your new book.
Most New Authors Never Publish Their Book
And while many people have a “book in their head,” more than 80% of those who want to write a book never successfully do so. I’ve had to ghostwrite clients to finish their book and not publish it because of imposter syndrome. They have finished their book, but they are afraid that no one will take them seriously, so they never publish the book they’ve spent hundreds of hours creating, editing, and putting together to publish.
Why Choose Self-Publishing for Your First Book?
Many people start writing their first book with dreams of traditional publishing, picking up their book to send off to Amazon and book stores nationwide. And while that is a great long-term goal for a new author, getting a traditional book publisher is very hard. Not only is this process time-consuming, but it’s also very expensive, especially if you hire an agent to represent your book.