A unique ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and barcode are essential basics for any self-publishing author as is . We can either assist you to purchase your ISBN’s (admin fee applies) or provide you with the details to do so independently. Linking into a system introduced in the early 70s an ISBN is your book’s unique identifier and it allows you to take advantage of the internationally recognised cataloguing system. ISBNs are also publisher specific and serve three main purposes: they provide essential information about your title, identify your book within the trade and help track book sales.


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ISBN, CIP & Barcode


To be able to sell your book in any bookstore worldwide, you will need a 13 digit ISBN number. Further, any book published in Australia is required, by law, to be lodged with the State and National libraries.

Pickawoowoo can take care of all legal requirements for you.

(i) ISBN number


In the book market, an International Standard Book Number is an essential piece of identification. This 13-digit number is unique to your book and allows distributors, retailers, printers and more importantly, your readers to accurately find and order your title.

Each book format requires its own ISBN. For example, let’s say that 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 Publishing Group we encourage all authors to own their own ISBN as you are essentially acting as your own publisher (but with us doing all the behind-the-scenes work). We can help you purchase your ISBN and we encourage you to insure you have:


  • A publisher name (also known as a publishers imprint)
  • An ISBN for each format of your book. ISBNs can be purchased from in blocks of one, ten, one hundred, or one thousand. If you’re planning on releasing an eBook version, printing both a hardcover and softcover edition, etc., it may be more cost effective for you to purchase a block of ten ISBNs rather than buying each individually.
  • A publisher logo (optional — only if you want a logo on the back cover / spine of your book – looks professional).


(ii) Barcode

A bar code is the black-and-white box on the back cover of a book. Almost all books these days have a barcode – because almost all book retailers require one – so you’re going to need a barcode on the back cover of your book. The barcode, is the ISBN number produced in a form which can be read by an electronic barcode scanner, is used by publishers, booksellers and libraries to order purchase and manage books using computerised inventory and cataloguing systems.

When printing with a POD platform such as Lightning Source you will not need to supply a barcode however if you want to include pricing then the ISBN information will need to be in a format that is easy to scan. The Bookland EAN bar code is what a retailer scans at the point of sale to identify the price and information from the bookseller’s database. We can explain further the system of barcode use but for now all you really need to know is that like any bar code on a product, once scanned a computer automatically reports the price to the cash register.


(iii) CiP & Dewey number


The National Library of Australia (NLA) manages Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP) data, which is used by libraries in Australia and around the world to catalogue books.

A CiP entry includes the name of the authors, the book’s title and subjects, and the book’s ISBN). While CiP data is not a legal requirement, CiP entries are listed on Kinetica, the NLA’s database of material held in Australian libraries, ensuring that books can be used by a wide audience.

The CiP information is included on the printed version of your book, usually within the first few pages. The NLA prepares a CiP entry for your book before it is published. This is completed by DIYP (Do-It-Yourself-Publishing).


(iv) Legal Deposits


Legal Deposit is a requirement under the Copyright Act 1968 for publishers and self publishing authors to deposit a copy of any work published in Australia with the National Library and when applicable, the deposit libraries in your home state. Legal Deposit ensures that Australian publications are preserved for use now and in the future.

However, 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) and we will charge you a service fee to undertake these requirements. Service charges are as follows: