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The Challenge of Book Barcoding

  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing those needing to barcode a book. With so many options available, where do you go, and how to find a legitimate barcode provider? Customers often share with us that barcoding books and ebooks seems so complicated. Do they need a UPC code and ISBN code? Is an EAN code and ISBN code the same thing?

ISBN Codes

  The International Standard Book Number (ISBN), a unique commercial book identifier barcode, identifies a unique book. It is encoded in an EAN-13 format barcode with a Price Supplemental barcode.
1. ISBN Code
2. Human Readable Text (optional)
3. Pricing Supplemental Code
Sample ISBN Barcode Image
  Widest possible distribution and sales of a book are achieved by adding a standard UPC Code.
1. UPC Code (highly recommended)
2. ISBN Code
3. Human Readable Text (optional)
4. Pricing Supplemental Code
ISBN & UPC Barcode Example
COSTS: $25 ISBN Barcode graphic creation
  $89 Add an official UPC code (optional but highly recommended)
  $25 to add human readable text above your ISBN barcode graphic (optional)
  Order Your ISBN Barcode Now! or call us at +1 404-869-0701 or 877-872-2060 (toll-free).

How are Barcodes for Books different than UPC Barcodes?

  Books differ from other products sold in the retail market. All books feature an ISBN & retail price barcode. This 2-part barcode encodes your book’s ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and permits you to specify a suggested retail price. This 2-part barcode is required by traditional book sellers such as Barnes & Nobles, Books-a-Million, and others.

Many books also feature a standard 12-digit UPC code. Why? Because books are sold in many different retail outlets aside from just traditional bookstores. For example, warehouse clubs like Costco, grocery stores, drug stores, and many more. In order to guarantee your book can be sold in all possible retail situations, we recommend that you add a UPC code to your book.

Please consider the following example:

ISBN & UPC Barcodes on a Book Cover
The bottom left features the standard UPC barcode.
The right side features the standard ISBN (International Standard Book Number) barcode.
The small 5-digit barcode next to the ISBN represents your suggested retail price. The first digit of this price barcode indicates the currency. The remaining 4 digits indicate the price xx.yy of your book. If you do have a suggested price, please let us know the amount and the currency. If you decide not to recommend a price or if your price is more than 99.99, or if you sell in more than one country then the price barcode will read 90000.

Do I really need a Barcode on my Book?

  Yes, Amazon and most major bookstores have electronic point of sale (ePOS) systems, which enable them to keep track of their sales and stocks and to reorder books by scanning the barcode.

Most retailers refuse to accept books that are not barcoded. In addition, many distributors make use of barcodes in their warehouse systems.

How do I purchase Barcodes for Books?

For assistance, please call us at +1 404-869-0701 or 877-872-2060.

Options Description Cost Ordering Instructions
Recommended ISBN Barcode & UPC Code $114.00

Bare Minimum ISBN Barcode only $25.00

Add a UPC Use this option to add a UPC code to a book that already has an ISBN barcode. $89.00

  We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.
  Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.
  Note: We also accept checks, money orders, and wire transfers. If you wish to use one of those payment methods, please print and complete this form.

What do I get when I order my Barcode for Books?

1stUpon completion of your order, you receive an email confirmation of your UPC barcode and/or ISBN graphic purchase.
2ndSimply Barcodes assigns your official UPC numbers from our database of official codes issued by the UCC (now called GS1).
3rdWe generate the digital barcode images from the numbers you purchased and/or the ISBN you provided.
4thWe email your barcodes and/or the ISBN barcode graphic to you as an attachment.

In what format are my Barcodes for Books created?

  If you are ordering the ISBN barcode & the UPC code, then you choose your barcode graphic format from four different formats (EPS, PNG, JPEG, or AI) so that your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility can work with the graphic in their preferred software.
  If you are ordering just the ISBN barcode, you choose your ISBN barcode graphic from four different formats (EPS, PNG, JPEG, or AI).
  If you are ordering just the UPC code, then you will automatically receive your UPC barcode in three different formats (EPS, TIFF, and JPEG).
EPS Format - This layered, vector EPS file is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. EPS is an "exchange" format, not necessarily associated with one specific graphics program. An exchange format is one intended for multiple applications to be able to open.
PNG Format - This raster PNG file works well for graphic artists who need a transparent background. This format supports lossless data compression. However, this format is not suitable for significant resizing.
JPEG Format - This uncompressed, high-quality JPEG file is the most common file format. All computers can open a JPEG. However, it is not suitable for resizing.
AI or Adobe Illustrator - This layered, vector AI file, generated in Adobe Illustrator, is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. AI is an application-native file format for Adobe Illustrator. An application-native format is intended for use by the creating application.

When do I get my Barcodes for Books?

  The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international) to make arrangements.

How do I get my Barcode on my Book?

  Providing the barcode image to your graphic artist and including it in the design of your packaging prior to printing represents the easiest and most economical way of getting your barcodes on your book.

If your book has already been printed, you will need barcode labels. If you need pre-printed peel & stick barcode labels, please call us at 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international) or click label printing to order online. All orders received before 2 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day and shipped for free within the continental U.S.

Where can I get an ISBN number for my book or eBook?

  Before we can create the barcodes for your book, you must first have an ISBN number. These numbers are issued by a central ISBN agency in your country.

In the USA, please obtain your ISBN numbers from the Bowker Agency… Click here

In Canada, please obtain your ISBN numbers from Government of Canada Publications… Click here

For all other countries and/or additional help, please contact us at 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international).
Apart from ISBN/Book Barcodes we also offer UPC Codes, EAN Codes, Barcodes for Amazon, Barcodes for Music, Magazine Barcodes, Barcodes for Produce, Barcodes for Greeting Cards, Barcodes for Alcohol, SCC-14 Codes, SSCC-18 Codes, QR Codes, Data Matrix Barcodes, Coupon Barcodes, GTIN Codes, UPN Barcodes, Code 128 Barcodes, Code 39 Barcodes, and many other barcode types. We also provide barcode graphic creation, label printing, and other barcoding services.

Call 877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1 404-869-0701 (international) or live chat with our Experts for more information regarding our barcoding services. Our multilingual customer service team welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your unique situation.

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