Publishing Process Steps

To join our Network, get an ISBN number, and publish your book, all you need to do is: Publish-on-keyboard-image

  1. Become a Member and apply for your ISBN Number here. Please submit your book details (title, author, format) in the “additional information” section when you get to the checkout page.
  2. Receive your ISBN Number and Registration Instructions by email (if you ordered Barcode Images, too, these will be emailed to you at the same time). These will be emailed to you straight away through our automated system.
  3. Send us information about your publication – In the email that has your ISBN number, there will be some questions to complete about your publication. Please fill in the required information and email it back to us – we will then use that information to register your publication on Nielsen. This can be done at any time (either before or after publication and printing).
  4. Attach the ISBN Barcode to your book cover (before printing) – Either insert the barcode image into your cover design before publication/printing or (if your book has already been printed) get the barcode printed onto sticky labels and attach them to the back cover of your book. If your book is an e-book, you don’t need to add a barcode image to it (however, the ISBN number needs to be visible on the front matter of the book).
  5. Get your book printed (Print on Demand companies are great for small print runs)— Some printing companies offer ‘print-on-demand services for self-publishers, where they can print smaller quantities of your books (e.g. 100 x copies) at a time.
  6. Arrange for a distributor (or distribute the book yourself)
  7. Send one copy of your publication to the Legal Deposit within one month of publication. This is a legal requirement for paper-backs, hard copies, e-books, and every other publication that has an ISBN number. Occasionally, you may be requested to send five additional copies to 5 other UK libraries (if this request is made, it will come via our company, and we will forward the email to you). For more information, please see our Legal Deposit Page.


Printing Companies

The following is a list of UK Book printers capable of printing small quantities of books. – Most offer instant quotes so you can easily compare printing costs.

If you are a printing company that would like to be listed here, please contact us.

UK Book Publishing – Offers traditional bulk printing as well as print-on-demand services, the latter being a great option for people with no initial budget and simply can’t afford traditional printing costs.

Biddles – Making Books Distinctive

Print on Demand World Wide

Book Binders of London

Blurb UK – an online solution for printing photo books


E-Book Publication Resources

Below are some E-Book publication resources:

How to self-publish an e-book  a guide to making, marketing and selling e-books

Kindle Direct Publishing – a way to easily start selling your book through the Amazon Kindle store (they charge on a fee per product sold basis)

Creating e-book files for amazon kindle direct publishing – explanation of how to convert your e-book into a suitable format for publishing through the Amazon Kindle store