Is an eISBN different to an ISBN?

It’s possible that they’re doing this to emphasize the fact that e-book editions need separate ISBNs from print editions (see below), but their terminology makes it sound like an e-ISBN is something different from an ISBN. It’s not. There’s only one ISBN system, and it’s applicable to both paper and digital books.

What is a eISBN?

Noun. eISBN (plural eISBNs) The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) of an electronic edition of a book.

How do I look up an ISBN number?

On most books, the ISBN number can be found on the back cover, next to the barcode. If a book doesn’t show the ISBN on the back cover, look on the page featuring the copyright and publisher information and the ISBN will be found there.

Why are there two different ISBN numbers?

Overview. A separate ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a publication. For example, an ebook, audiobook, paperback, and hardcover edition of the same book will each have a different ISBN assigned to it.

Does it matter if the ISBN is different?

Once assigned to a book, an ISBN cannot be reused. This is a very important point to keep in mind. The same ISBN cannot be used for different formats of the book, whether the book is in printed or electronic form. That means hardcover and softcover versions of the book have to be assigned separate ISBNs.

Do you need an ISBN for copyright?

If your book doesn’t have an ISBN, bookstores (including online bookstores) won’t carry it. If any of these details vary, then a new ISBN should be obtained. Ok, you have the ISBN and barcode taken care of, so you can formally sell your books.

Do I need a different ISBN for mobi and epub?

This is probably one of the most asked; least understood questions out there in the self-publishing world today. Technically you not only need an ISBN but you need a different ISBN for each format your ebook is being offered. If you are offering your book as a mobi, epub and a PDF, you need three different ISBNs.

How do you tell a first edition?

Look for the Words “First Edition” on the Copyright Page To collectors, it refers to the very first version of the physical book to be printed. For publishers, “first edition” may just mean the first version of the text, without significant revisions.

Can 2 books have the same ISBN?

Two books may have precisely the same content but be issued different ISBNs because they come from different printings. Likewise, printing errors, etc., can in rare cases render two books different despite having the same ISBN. For nearly all cases, however, the one-to-one relationship holds.