IPN Membership

Independent Publishing Network (IPN) membership. The membership prices below are a one-off cost.

  • Membership including ISBN Number and Registration

    Membership of IPN + ISBN Number + Registration of your ISBN number and book details on Nielsen’s Book Database . Barcode images not included.

    INSTANT DELIVERY BY EMAIL: After you place your order and make payment, your ISBN number(s) and registration instructions will be emailed to you straight away.

    You need a different ISBN number for each format of your publication (e.g. if your publication is available in both paperback and e-book formats you would need 2 ISBN numbers). “Independent Publishing Network” will be listed as the publisher in Nielsen’s system. Please read this before purchasing.

    QUANTITY of ISBNsPRICE
    1
    £ 30
    2
    £ 28 each (£56 total for 2 ISBNs)
    £ 26 each (£78 total for 3 ISBNs)
    4 +
    £ 23 each (£92 total for 4 ISBNs)
  • Membership including ISBN Number, Registration, and Barcode

    Membership of IPN + ISBN NumberBarcode images (jpg, pdf, eps, tiff & bmp) + Registration of your ISBN number and book details on Nielsen’s Book Database

    INSTANT DELIVERY BY EMAIL: After you place your order and make payment, your ISBN number(s) and barcode images will be emailed to you straight away.

    You need a different ISBN number for each format of your publication (e.g. if your publication is available in both paperback and e-book formats you would need 2 ISBN numbers). Independent Publishing Network will be listed as the publisher in Nielsen’s system. Please read this before purchasing.

    QUANTITY of ISBNsPRICE
    1
    £ 40 
    2
    £ 38 each (£76 total for 2 ISBNs)
    £ 35 each (£105 total for 3 ISBNs)
    4 +
    £ 30 each (£120 total for 4 ISBNs)

How many ISBN Numbers do I need?

You need a different ISBN number for each format of your publication (e.g. if your publication is available in both paperback and e-book formats you would need 2 ISBN numbers).

Do I need Barcode Images?

An ISBN number is a globally unique 13 digit identification number that is assigned to your publication. An ISBN barcode image is the vertical black bars & white spaces (with the ISBN number printed below) that gets scanned at Point of Sale.

If you are selling your book in electronic format online only, then you only need an ISBN number (you don’t need ISBN barcode images). However if your book will be printed in a physical format (paperback or hardback) then we recommend that you purchase ISBN Barcode Images. If your book is for sale in retail stores, then it will need to have a scannable barcode image so that the checkout staff can quickly scan the barcode into their POS system when your book is being sold. 

What is Registration?

If you purchase an ISBN number and registration from us, your ISBN number* and book details will be registered in the Nielsen Book Database.

This ensures that title information will be sent out via their data products to UK bookshops, libraries and distributors, plus their international data customers. This means that if you walk into a UK bookstore, your book will be on their shop system, making it easier for them to order it. If bookshops don’t know about it, they can’t order it!

Registration on Nielsen Book Database means that your publication information will be made available to thousands of book buyers around the world. Nielsen collects book information from over 70 countries and its book database holds millions of title records and is available to booksellers and libraries worldwide. Nielsen’s website says: “By providing your title records to Nielsen Book you ensure that timely, accurate and comprehensive data is available to leading Internet retailers, chains, specialist and independent retailers, libraries and other book buyers worldwide.”

Important Information:

There are some key details about Independent Publishing Network that should be understood before becoming a member of our Network:

PUBLISHER AND DISTRIBUTOR: 

Independent Publishing Network” will be listed as the book’s publisher and distributor in Nielsen’s system. Some websites (e.g. Amazon and CreateSpace) ask for an “Imprint” or “Publisher” name. If you are asked for this, please type “Independent Publishing Network”.

WHERE OUR ISBN NUMBERS ARE ACCEPTED: 

To the best of our knowledge, our members are using our ISBN numbers on their books in a large number of places in the UK, including with Foyles, Waterstones, Createspace, Bertram Books, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.com Marketplace, Kindle E-Reader, AbeBooks, Barnes & Noble, Valore Books, Biblio, eCampus.com, TextbookRush, and many others. However, we cannot guarantee that any particular bookseller, distributor, wholesaler, or third party will accept the ISBN numbers that we issue (as policies/requirements of distributors and booksellers can change any time)  – therefore you will need to check with your distributor or bookseller directly to find out what their current ISBN policy is.

LEGAL DEPOSIT: 

You must send one copy of each of your publications to the British Library (free of charge) within a month of publication. This is a legal requirement. There is another organisation in Edinburgh called the Agency for Legal Deposit Libraries. You are not required to send copies to them unless they specifically request them, in which case they will need 5 copies (free of charge). You are legally required to send 5 copies, should they ask. they will either do this via email or letter. They don’t ask for every title. For more information please https://bookisbn.org.uk/legal-deposit/.

For other important information please see our FAQ Page.

For information on how to use your ISBN number please see our “How to Use your ISBN” page.