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02-25-2009, 09:02 PM
Hello people,

I've published the book "The Models Diet" in Denmark with great success. Now I'm translating it into English and will be publishing it in the USA and England as a self-publishing adventure, just like here in Denmark.

The only problem is, that here in Denmark, I am my own publisher. And I want to be that aswell in America. But according to www.isbn.org (http://www.isbn.org) I have to be placed physically (or my company does) in order for me, to even obtain an ISBN for my english book.

WHAT am I to do? Because if I have to get Booksurge or any other POD publisher to register this for me, it's a huge no-go. Anything that even resembles a familiar POD will scare of any other sales lead.

Can anyone tell me what to do? ISBN.org doesn't seem to reply on e-mails. Maybe it's just me.

How do I obtain my ISBN in America, when I am living i Scandinavia and my company is in Scandinavia aswell?

02-25-2009, 09:51 PM

Bowkers are the US issuing agent for book publishers in the US.


Nielsen Book data are responsible for uk publishers.


Not sure why you shouldn't be able to get ISBN block, (minimum ten), from either of these agencies. My own publishing imprint is located in Ireland, but my ISBN's are issued from Nielsens.

I would start with contacting and registering your Danish publishing company with them.

02-26-2009, 02:00 AM
Mick: Yeah, but the problem is, that if I don't have a US or UK adress, then their simply wouldn't list the book in their database.

We all know it would suck bigtime, to have a POD-publisher listed as the registrant of the ISBN.

03-15-2009, 12:48 PM
Gosh, then how does one overcome it?

Although...in the UK you can form a company and have a holding address that collects your TAX and official letters and forwards them on to you - all for about 70 fee.

That would give you the UK address you needed. ISBNs from Nielsen are sent on an excel spreadsheet in the mail so - no delay there.

Maybe an idea?