UNIQUELY IDENTIFY YOUR BOOKS WITH AN ISBN
The first thing you need to do when you publish your title is to allocate it an ISBN. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique product identifier for books and related material. It is the most important number you will need and aids the listing, discovery and distribution of your books.
Whilst it is not a legal requirement to allocate ISBNs to your books, it is used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. The systems they use all rely on the ISBN to identify books ensuring they select and stock the correct title and edition, from the right publisher.
The Nielsen ISBN Agency for UK & Ireland is here to help and support you in the process of purchasing and allocating your ISBNs to your books. The quickest and simplest way to buy your ISBN’s is via our ISBN store: www.nielsenisbnstore.com but if you have any queries, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org .
When you first purchase your ISBN(s) from the Nielsen ISBN Store you will be asked to register. Please keep your Username and Password safe for the next time you need to make a purchase.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Publishers in the UK and Ireland have a legal obligation to send one copy of each of their publications to the British Library Legal Deposit Office within one month of publication. You may also receive an email or letter from The Agent for the Legal Deposit Libraries who is responsible for acquiring legal deposit material for five other legal deposit libraries: The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The University Library, Cambridge; The National Library of Scotland; The Library of Trinity College, Dublin; The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. They don’t request every title, unlike the British Library; however should they ask you are legally obliged to send them five copies.