When embarking on the journey of assisted independent book publishing, you need to be aware of the 6 simple stages of bringing your book to life. It begins here with the ISBN allocation, Cataloguing-in-Publication entry, barcode creation, and legal deposit preparation. This first stage is an important part of the book publishing process as it individualises your book on national and global databases, generates the barcode for your back cover, ensures your book can be correctly catalogued in libraries across Australia, and instructs you on how to make the required legal deposits of your title to national and state libraries.
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) agency we use is Thorpe-Bowker, and they issue their ISBNs in singles, blocks of ten, or blocks of 100. Our recommendation is that the option of ten is selected, as most authors will choose to publish both a physical book and an eBook, and your eBook requires its own unique ISBN number. Alternatively, you can select to purchase an ISBN under the InHouse label, meaning you can acquire a single ISBN at a time. ISBNs make your book accessible so readers, wholesalers, and retailers can find information on and purchase your book easily. The ISBN is the global standard for identifying titles.
The CiP (Cataloguing-in-Publication) information provides data essential to the Australian library cataloguing system. The CiP entry for your book (which appears alongside a copyright statement typically in the first several pages of your book) includes information about you as the author and any other contributors; the title; the ISBN; the subject/genre of the book; and the Dewey Number. The CiP process is completed once you send legal deposit copies of your book to the Legal Deposit Unit of the National Library.
A bar code is a small image made up of lines (bars) and spaces. Your bar code is associated to retail store items and specifically identifies all the data about your book via simply scanning the code. Your 13-digit ISBN is used to create a bar code for your book’s back cover, and the numerically written ISBN must appear above the bar code.
In the legal deposit process, one copy of your title will be required by the National Library and one by the State Library (if in Australia) depending on which state you reside in. This is in line with the Copyright Act 1968 that requires you to provide a copy for records. InHouse Publishing will send you all the details relative to lodging your legal deposits when your books are printed.
InHouse Publishing has two options for this first stage of publishing:
- Industry Trade Standard registration: This occurs when your manuscript has been scheduled to proceed through the InHouse process with editing, interior formatting, and cover design, so we are confident that the finished book reaches industry trade standard. We allocate the ISBN number from the InHouse Publishing block of numbers to assist with credibility when marketing, and offer you, the author, the confidence that your book is yards ahead in terms of quality and standard. Remember: just because your book may be allocated one of our numbers, does not mean we own copyright. The publication and all that comes with it remains your property. We will allocate both paperback and eBook ISBNs, generate your barcode, collect your CiP data from the National Library for both paperback and eBook, and ensure that the additional copies required for legal deposits are produced in your final print run.
- Self-Publishing registration: This occurs when we order a block of ten ISBN numbers—to ensure your paperback and eBook have unique numbers—under your name and contact details. This means you will have eight numbers to use at a later date for future editions or publications. As above, we will still generate your bar code, register your CiP, and produce your legal deposits. This option is perfect for the purely independently published or self-published author who has a limited or niche market and is not looking at any assisted marketing support.
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