Great news, aspiring bestselling authors – the newest version of Blurb BookSmart® makes it super easy to put your ISBN barcode on the back of your book. Here’s how it works:
1: Download the latest version of BookSmart and make your book.
2: Go to the back cover of your book and choose your layout.
3: Click on “Insert” in the top navigation bar and select “ISBN.” An ISBN container will appear on your back cover layout.
4. Go to “Get photo,” get your barcode image, and drag and drop it into the container.
It’s that simple. We’ve done the leg work to make sure your ISBN barcode will automatically fit in the box; be placed in the optimum position per industry standard guidelines; and won’t collide with any production barcodes generated by our printers. However, if you want to adjust the position of your barcode container, you can. Just keep these recommended ISBN guidelines in mind and use the “Edit Layout” feature to move the container.
That’s great, you may say, but how do I get an ISBN in the first place and what are these barcodes of which you speak? Easy. You’ll find almost everything you need to know about ISBNs and barcodes in this helpful blog post.
We’ve also checked in with a few Blurbarians who have purchased their ISBNs from Bowker (the U.S. agency handling ISBNs) and then used barcode-generating apps to create barcodes for their books. A simple Google search will turn up lots of apps from which to choose.
Word to the wise: You do not need an ISBN and barcode if you are only selling your book in the Blurb Bookstore. But if you are selling your book in outlets beyond the Blurb Bookstore, you will need an ISBN and barcode and you’ll need a separate ISBN and barcode for every version of your book – hardcover, softcover, ebook, etc. So do yourself a favor and buy more than one ISBN and barcode.
Still have questions? We’re here to help. Just contact our Customer Support team and we’ll get you up and running with your book and your ISBN in no time. Let the sales begin!