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Components Of A Book

 

A book has many more components than basic text and graphics bound betwen a glossy cover.

You also need:

Book Name - I often prefer to leave the final name until the book is near completion.

An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) - a unique number assigned to the book, used by bookstores, book wholesalers and readers to identify particular titles. You can get an ISBN from the R. R. Bowker Company. For a fee of $US225 you get 10 ISBNs. Every version of your book will need a separate ISBN - hardback, paperback, ebook and audio version. For more information on ISBN. Note: as of 1 Jan 2007, the US ISBN changed to a new 13 digit number, which aligns with International ISBN .

ISBN Bar Code - this is the scanning code used by bookstores. Also available at Bowkers. Price ranges from $21-$25 per bar code.

Library of Congress Catalog Number - needed to get your book into libraries, which can be a big market. For more information

European Article Number (EAN) Scanning Symbol - a special UPC bar code scanning symbol used just for books. For vendors who will create EAN symbols.

A Price - this will need to be printed on your book. A general guide is five times to cost of each book in your initial production run. Check the prices of similar books, and pick an average price. Avoid going to the low end of the range.

Testimonials - these are the endorsements you see on the back cover of books.

Font and Back Cover Text - layout and choice of fonts is very important in creating the right perception of your book

Front Pages - the preface, table of contents, the copyright page, and acknowledgments

Author Bio - for the back cover, often on the portion folded inside the back cover.

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