KDP Print ISBN Options: How to Choose and Converting from CreateSpace-2018

ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
  • KDP Print ISBN options are the same as CreateSpace
  • Why not the free ISBN?
  • What about Expanded Distribution?
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14 thoughts on “KDP Print ISBN Options: How to Choose and Converting from CreateSpace-2018”

  1. Thank you for this detailed description. I have a Createspace ISBN but regret it and would like to use my own. Will changing the ISBN during conversion work?

  2. I only this weekend I set up an account with ” Create Space ” and accepted an ISBN #. I have only submitted the title of my book at this point. If I back out now where does this leave me? Like most I am confused. Please advise.
    Rosemary

  3. Being Canadian, I can get a free ISBN anyway so I would never opt for a free ISBN from Amazon.

    You mention the “Libraries & Academic Institutions carrot.” In fact, nowadays I tend to ignore libraries altogether. I don’t think that libraries matter all that much for making my books successful. Indeed, people who take books out of the library tend to give a lot more negative reviews than people who are willing to buy my books with their hard earned money. Because of this, I not only ignore libraries but avoid them.

    One question: Isn’t it possible to publish one’s book on KDP Print with one ISBN and then publish the same book in print with another ISBN on Ingram? Based on something I read a few years ago, I believe that it is possible to do this and there are certain advantages to this. I will have to go back to wherever I read this since I intend to use KDP Print for the first time for my new book “The Joy of Being Retired: 365 Reasons Why Retirement Rocks – and Work Sucks!”

    For the record, I first self-published in 1989. In August, my books finally reached over 1,000,000 copies sold worldwide. This took me 29 years so I would imagine that sales will never reach 2,000,000 copies given that I am now 69 years old.

  4. Yes, you can publish the same book with two different ISBNs the way you describe, but why? They will both appear on Amazon. It will confuse readers and reviews would no doubt be split between the two books.

  5. Per a conversation I had with a KDP Representative today, KDP does not support Baker & Taylor as CreateSpace did. This has created a major issue for me the last 3 months as I’ve been trying to get my books to Libraries to no avail.

  6. Are you saying that libraries have told you that they cannot buy your book because it isn’t in the B&T catalog? Many of them also buy from the Ingram catalog. In my experience a catalog listing doesn’t sell books. Besides, there are other library wholesalers that would love to carry your book if you have a library marketing plan and orders for them to fulfill. Brodart, for example.

  7. The article says:
    “If you opt for the free KDP Print ISBN, and later change your mind…you can never delist or prevent this edition from appearing for sale on Amazon.”

    I was under the impression that you can easily delist this version of your book with the free KDP Print ISBN by just going to your KDP dashboard and selecting “unpublish”. You’re saying if you unpublished this edition of your book, it still won’t be delisted and will continue to appear for sale on Amazon with the free ISBN? That unpublishing the book does not delist it if you wanted to publish a new edition with your own ISBN? Amazon said in an email to my query about this that you can simply unpublish the book with the free ISBN and publish “a new title” with the new ISBN. New title I assume can be the same book (same title) but with the new ISBN. Unless I’m missing the difference between delist and unpublish, on Amazon, at least, I don’t see how you can never the book can never be delisted. Am I wrong?

  8. Colin: you can delist the book with the free Amazon ISBN and republish with a new ISBN. However, whoever owns a copy of the book with the Amazon free ISBN can always sell it in the future. Amazon makes books available to other parties for resale so don’t assume that book will be forever unavailable. Anyone can sell a book that has an ISBN, on Amazon or anywhere.

  9. Thanks, David. I understand now. I read your book on ISBNs and indie publishing. It was really helpful.

    All the best to you,
    Colin

  10. Elite Publishers that replaced Create Space is doing the prep work for KDP Publishers to do a print and an ebook. I have a Canadian ISBN which requires me to use only a Canadian Publisher. Do I need to buy an ISBN from Bowkers for use with a US publisher? Is there a downside to going with KDP.ca? which needs to be hiring 70% Canadian staff in order to use the Canadian ISBN. Who knows! Perhaps I should just pay the money to Bowkers?

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