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I am creating a second edition of my book and I have prepared the cover with the ISBN that I purchased for the 1st edition. Can I use this same ISBN or do I need to purchase a new one?
If I can use the original ISBn, how do it apply it to the new edition?
An ISBN is a unique identifier of a book in a certain configuration. According to the ISBN agency each edition and publisher should have a new ISBN.
By ‘edition’ they mean a book which has changed it’s language, dimensions, number of pages or cover.
However these aren’t hard and fast rules and you can generally get away with changing the cover and number of pages under the same ISBN (and even the size if it hasn’t gone into mainstream distribution).
I would recommend a different ISBN for each continent, printer, book size and language you publish as this will help customers find the right book for them. I recommend a new ISBN for each continent as it ensures the book is printed and distributed locally when using print-on-demand.
So if you have the same book and one version for the USA and one for the UK I would get two ISBNs. If you wish to publish a Demy version and a Crown version I would get two ISBNs. If you are just updating the content then I would stick to the ISBN you have.
I’m afraid we can’t put the same ISBN on two editions as each ISBN is supposed to be a unique identifier for that edition.
Hope that helps, as ever if you have further questions please comment on my answer (and vote it up if it is useful :P ).
Thanks for that oliver, much appreciated.
I’m a bit confused still! I did a trial run for the first book and purchased an ISBN for it. I had a few errors and a problem with the images so I have fixed all those. The book now is almost identical, same size, a few more pages just and a few new images on the cover.
I assumed I woul dhave to create a new edition to publish it? Or can I just update the original book? I assumed I couldn’t as it was published. All I want to do is update the content I guess, how do I do that whil ekeepign the same ISBN?
You will need to publish it again (ie use one of the CN publishing credits but it doesnt need another ISBN, it’s really like you have just had a proof copy and have finalised it. I did that too with mine
That’s right, if you are just changing the content but not altering the properties of the book which Oli mentions (publication location, size, language) then just go into your portfolio and click to revise the book and you can update your manuscript.
Thanks for the help everyone!