To receive an ISBN, a self-publishing author, publisher or business must apply to the National ISBN Agency of the country they are operating in. Publishers then must supply the National ISBN Agency with metadata about th... More » Art & Literature Literature

Many self-publishing platforms, such as CreateSpace and Smashwords, offer free ISBN numbers to customers who publish through their imprint. A free ISBN number often comes with restrictions on the marketing and distributi... More »

The International Standard Book Number on a book is located on its bar code, which is typically located on the back side of the book or on the title page. It can also be located on a book's copyright page. More » Art & Literature Literature

You can find a book without knowing its title by searching for the author, the ISBN or even relevant keywords online. Alternately, you can try a local bookstore to ask a professional or an online book forum to see if the... More » Art & Literature Literature

In most cases, a literary agent is responsible for selling an author's book to a publisher. An agent acts as a liaison between author and publisher, negotiating the publishing contract to benefit the author. Some publish... More » Art & Literature Literature

Talking to the original author or publisher, searching news articles about the book in question, contacting Nielson BookScan about books published after 2000, and checking issues of Publishers' Weekly if the book in ques... More » Art & Literature Literature

Authors can self-publish a book by purchasing an ISBN number and formatting the book for online sales or contacting a publisher to create hard copies of the book. Authors must pay for the printing and determine how to di... More »