Does My Book Need a Barcode?

It’s been over 20 years since President George Bush emerged from a supermarket trade show amazed by barcode technology. Although new at the time, barcodes are so commonplace now that everything has them – including self-published books! They are easy to get, and a requirement for bookstore sales. Your barcode can be obtained from Bowker ( where you probably bought your ISBN number, and the cost is just $25. You merely give them your ISBN number and they create the code for you and that is given to your cover designer. (And by the way, if you don’t have a designer, I highly recommend Megan Evans – *protected email* for cover design.)