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 (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 (custom-placed barcode)

If you'd like to have more control over where the barcode is placed on your cover and what information displays, you can add your ISBN and barcode as an image on your back cover, but do not select the option in the software or at upload to use your own ISBN.

  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.

Please note that our Trade Books require a Blurb-placed ISBN. Do not include a barcode image on your Trade book cover, because it will display both your barcode and the Blurb-placed barcode.

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