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October 31 , 2008

ISBNS: International Standard Book Numbers


ISBNS - International Standard Book Numbers: A Desktop Resource For Self-Publishing Authors is an author’s resource about a subject they hear about all of the time and that publishing platforms require but most authors really don’t know anything about ISBNs. I have 10-years of college and five degrees. People expect me to know things that I simply don’t know and sometimes don’t want to know. I sincerely could have done without the knowledge of colonics and what a “Brazilian” is when the girls in my office began gabbing about these two subjects. I always thought a Brazilian was a tiny little dude from Rio de Janero…no it’s not…go with me on this one. I’m still trying to figure out the lyrics to the 60s song “Louie Louie” and I have no idea where flies sleep at night (lol). So much for 10-years of college! Here’s my point: there are some things we encounter daily that we know little about but use these things daily too. Furthermore, we also use words in our speech and writing that we don’t REALLY know what they mean or have a very slight understanding to their meaning. ISBNs are one such subject.

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ISBNS - International Standard Book Numbers: A Desktop Resource For Self-Publishing Authors is the fifth book in this series and teaches a subject that all authors should know about in detail. This book also addresses where authors can get ISBNs. The prices are all over the board and I have provided resources where you can acquire them reasonably.

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