If you are planning to write a book, this may be very necessary. If you approach a publisher for this, he will get this done for you at some cost. But for those who are planning to self-publish and can get it printed themselves, this is top priority. Also, to list your books on websites like Flipkart and Infibeam, you would need an ISBN number. So where and how do you get this number? Read on:
In India the registration authority is New Delhi based Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN.
Decide and finalize the font, the size of the pages, the margins, the cover page, everything. When you apply for ISBN you have to necessarily fill in the number of pages. The process being very strict wouldn’t be flexible enough to let you change the number of pages later.
Get a print of your book just the way you want it to be published, and marketed. You would need to send a printed version of the front and back cover of your book, and you would need to mention if it’s a hard bound or soft bound in your application to the authorities concerned.
Decide the price at which you would sell it. This is going to be the maximum retail price. Remember to make some profit you’ll have to consider the amount of commission and the amount of overheads within the maximum retail price.
Typical costs include:
Printing, binding, storage, marketing, publisher’s commission, etc. If you want to keep Rs. 100 out of every book you may have to price it at Rs. 250.
Fill in this draft application:[divider]
In-charge of ISBN Allotment
Raja Rammohan Roy National Agency for ISBN
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
A2/W4, Curzon Road Barracks
Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi: 110001
Subject: Issuance of ISBN for my self-published book ‘<<Insert title of the book here>>’
I have self published by book titled <<Insert title of the book here>> and need an ISBN to be assigned to the same. The details are given below:
Title of Book:
Year of Publication:
Place of Publication:
Paperback or Hardback:
Address for Communication:
<<Write address for communication here>>
The copy of Cover Page and my identity proof are enclosed with the application.
Request you to kindly issues me an ISBN for this book.
<<Write your name and sign after taking a printout>>
- Copy of Cover Page
- Copy of Id Proof
- Self Addressed envelope for return communication
This draft letter covers all the details which you need to submit in order for them to make a new database entry.
Enclose all the documents as mentioned in the draft letter above, along with a self-addressed envelope.
Send it to this address:
Raja Rammohun Roy National Agency for ISBN
West Block-I, Wing-6, 2nd Floor,
Sector -I, R.K. Puram,
What else? No I didn’t miss anything. Yes that’s right, getting an ISBN is free in INDIA.
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