ISBN, CIP & Barcode
A unique ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and barcode. Essential basics for any self-publishing author. We can either assist you to buy your ISBN’s (admin fee applies) or provide you with the details to do so.
Linking into a system introduced in the early 70s, an ISBN is your book’s unique identifier. It allows you to take advantage of the internationally recognised cataloguing system.
ISBNs are publisher specific. Consequently, they serve three main purposes:
1.  provide essential information about your title.
2. identify your book within the trade.
3. help track book sales.
Furthermore, to sell your book in any bookstore worldwide, you will need a 13 digit ISBN number. At the same time, any book published in Australia requires, by law, a lodgement with the State and National Libraries.
Overall, Pickawoowoo can take care of all legal requirements for you.

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(i) ISBN number

In essence, within the book market, an International Standard Book Number is an essential piece of identification. The 13-digit number is unique to your book.
For this reason, it allows distributors, retailers, printers and your readers to a find and order your title. Also, each book format requires its own ISBN. For example, let’s say you wish to have a paperback copy, a MOBI (Kindle format) copy, and an ePUB copy. Each of these formats requires its own ISBN.
At Pickawoowoo we encourage all authors to own their own ISBN. By and large, you are essentially acting as your own publisher (with us doing the behind-the-scenes work). We can help you buy your ISBN and we encourage you to ensure you have:
  • A publisher name (also known as a publishers imprint)
  • An ISBN for each format of your book. Buy ISBNs from  They are sold in blocks of one, ten, one hundred, or one thousand. It is more cost effective to buy a block of ten ISBNs. Especially if you plan to release an eBook, hardcover and paperback edition.
  • A publisher logo (optional).  In short, only if you want a logo on the back cover / spine of your book – looks professional).


(ii) BarcodeBarcode

A barcode is the black-and-white box on the back cover of a book. As a rule, all books have a barcode.  Most book retailers require one.  In other words,  you’re going to need a barcode on the back cover of your book.
The barcode is the ISBN number.  Produced in a format readable by an electronic barcode scanner. Used by publishers, booksellers and libraries. It allows them to order, buy and manage books using computerised inventory and cataloguing systems.
For instance, printing with a POD platform such as Lightning Source, you will not need to supply a barcode. Additionally, if you want to include pricing, the ISBN information needs to be in a format for scanning purposes. Moreover, the Bookland EAN bar code is what retailers scan at point of sale.  This identifies the price and information from the bookseller’s database. Similar to a barcode on any product, once scanned, a computer reports the price to the cash register.


(iii) CiP & Dewey number

The National Library of Australia (NLA) manages Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP) data. At the same time, used by libraries in Australia and around the world to catalogue books.
A CiP entry includes the name of the authors.  Also, the book’s title and subjects.  The book’s ISBN.  CiP data is not a legal requirement. However, CiP entries listed on Kinetica, the NLA’s database, ensures books reach a wide audience.
CiP information appears within the first few pages of the printed version of your book. The NLA prepares a CiP entry for your book before publishing.
If you need help with Catalogue in Publication (CiP), please contact us on


(iv) Legal Deposits

For now, Legal Deposit is a requirement under the Copyright Act 1968. Conversley, publishers and self publishing authors need to deposit a copy of their work published in Australia with the National Library. Also to deposit with libraries in your home State. For this reason, it ensures preservation of Australian publications for use now and in the future.
In summary, if you need help, we can undertake this for you as part of our service charges below.



You will pay for the actual costs through the relevant organisations (barcodes and isbns).  We will charge a service fee to undertake these requirements. Service charges are as follows: