Add your own ISBN with BookWright

An ISBN is a unique identifier for a particular version of a book. It is very important that you assign your own ISBN only after you're sure you have the final version and won’t need to make further changes. We recommend ordering and reviewing a single printed copy of any book before you apply an ISBN you purchased. For this proof copy, you can use a free Blurb-provided ISBN.

Use your own ISBN and a Blurb-placed barcode

This option will use Blurb's default placement of the barcode on the bottom center of back cover.

  1. In BookWright, click Distribution> Use your own ISBN to add the placeholder to your book. Once uploaded, you'll be able to enter your own ISBN.
  2. Do not add an image of your ISBN barcode to your cover.
  3. When your book is finished and you're ready to upload your book, select Upload in the top right corner of BookWright.
  4. Once your book is uploaded, select Use my own ISBN, enter your 13 digit ISBN, and click Save.

Use your own ISBN and a custom-placed barcode

If you'd like to control where the barcode is positioned and what information in includes you can add your ISBN and barcode to your back cover as an image. In this case do not select the option to use your own ISBN in the software or at upload.

  1. In BookWright, go to Distribution> Use your own ISBN and be sure Use your own ISBN is not selected.
  2. Add an image of your ISBN barcode to your cover.
  3. When your book is finished and you're ready to upload your book, select Upload in the top right corner of BookWright.
  4. Looking to distribute your book on Amazon or other retailers? Read information on the next steps.

Making a Trade book?
Our Trade Books require a Blurb-placed ISBN. Do not include your own barcode image on your Trade book cover otherwise both your barcode and the Blurb-placed barcode will appear in the printed book.

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