If you're planning to self-publish, there are a few important things you need to remember. Please be advised that we are not lawyers or accountants, so the information below is intended as a guide. If you need accurate legal or financial advice, it would be best to approach a relevant professional.
The information below is so far intended for an Australian market. Please note that you may need to look up region specific information if you are an author outside Australia and/or are interested in international markets.
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If you are self-publishing, you need to decide if you want to use ISBNs or not.
What are the benefits of using my own ISBN?
Using your own ISBN means that you will go down as the publisher of your book. If you use, for example, a CreateSpace assigned ISBN, then CreateSpace will be recorded as the book publisher. This does not affect your royalties from the book.
How do I get an ISBN?
Thorpe-Bowker is the best place to get ISBNs. Using their myidentifiers website, you can purchase ISBNs, register business names, assign titles to ISBNs, register distributors of your titles, purchase other author services such as marketing and QR codes, and more.
How much will it cost?
ISBNs cost $88 for a pack of 10 from Thorpe-Bowker.
In Australia, it is required by law that all published books are deposited with the National Library of Australia.
To read more on the NLA website, click here.
The NLA website also has state-specific Legal Deposit information here.