As a self-publishing author, you will have seen many places to publish your book, the big hitters like KDP publishing and IngramSpark are the first that come to mind for many, but there are other options, and Kobo is one publishing service that you may not have considered.
So, who are Kobo Publishing?
Kobo (which they took from being an anagram of the word book), is originally a Canadian company, started back in 2009, it was then acquired by Rakuten in 2012 and then purchased the eBook business from the bookstore Waterstones in 2016.
Most of us understand that each edition and format of a book requires an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), this is a 13-digit number used by publishers, booksellers, libraries and retails to identify and order books with.
But where can you get an ISBN and are they free?
This does depend upon your location, for the USA you can obtain ISBNs from Bowker, for the UK they are available from Nielsen, Canada’s ISBNs are available from ISBN Canada, and Australia’s ISBNs are available from Bowker Australia, for other countries go to The International ISBN Agency | International ISBN Agency (isbn-international.org).
If you are publishing your book through Amazon KDP, you may have heard of Author Central, this is a service that Amazon KDP have created specifically for their self-publishing authors, it’s a platform where you can share details about yourself and your books to your readers.
Once you connect your books up to your new author central page, you’ll see the Author Home page, this page shows you the books that you have linked and allows you to add an author profile and photograph, this your readers will see when they view your details (from the link which will be by your book on Amazon’s sales page).
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