Pre-publishing

Pre-Publishing Services

If you want your book to be commercially distributed, it’s important that you have the appropriate governmental paperwork and registrations in place. Bookstores will not carry a book without an ISBN or a barcode, and libraries won’t stock a book that’s not registered with the Library of Congress. Bookmasters is here to help you cut through the red tape and can register your book with the U.S. ISBN Agency, Library of Congress, the U.S. Copyright Office, and Bowker.

You can rely on Bookmasters for the following pre-publishing services:

International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The ISBN is a uniquely assigned 13-digit number that identifies books and similarly published products. The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify a title or an edition of a title from a specific publisher, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers, and distributors. ISBNs may be purchased individually or in blocks of 10, 100, or 1,000.

Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN). When your book is registered with the Library of Congress, you receive an LCCN for the cataloging of your book in the national library database. Librarians use this number to locate your book’s catalog information and also to order catalog cards. Nearly 20,000 libraries subscribe to this service, and this registry is essential to books being sold to libraries.

Copyright. To ensure your recognition as the author and creator of your book, a copyright should be obtained to legally protect you and your work. A copyright provides you with the legal rights to material you have created and credits you as the exclusive rightsholder.

Standard Address Number (SAN). The SAN is a unique seven-digit identifier that has become the primary identification code for electronic communication within the publishing industry. It is an American National Standard, initiated and maintained by Bowker, that reduces problems faced by other non-standard numbering systems such as billing errors, books shipped to the wrong points, and errors in payments and returns.

Bar code creation. Books being sold to wholesalers, distributors, and bookstores must have a unique bar code printed on the back cover. The bar code is created from the book’s unique ISBN and sale price, and is electronically scanned at points-of-purchase.

Bookmasters pre-publishing services will secure all of the above for you, saving you the red tape hassle.

For more information on print and eBook distribution, contact us at 877.312.3520.