ISBN is the acronym for International Standard Book Number. This 10 or 13-digit number identifies a specific book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audiobook). Since 1970 each published book has a unique ISBN. In 2007, assigned ISBNs changed from 10 digits to 13.There is no legal requirement to give your book an ISBN number. However, without an ISBN number, a book cannot be ordered through any bookshop (physical or online) as the books ordering systems all work using the unique ISBN number, not a book’s title. The ISBN number is unique to every book, and it enables a book shop to identify the book’s publisher, and thus be able to order it. Without an ISBN number on your book, you are effectively limiting yourself just to private sales. We can supply ISBN numbers under our Matador imprint for books published in the UK, or we can source ISBN numbers for you if you wish to publish under your own imprint. We strongly recommend you read the more detailed information about ISBNs, especially if you are going to be providing your own ISBN.

See our Pricing Guide for an indication of what it is likely to cost to have your work professionally published.