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FAQ with the ISBN team

How do I buy and apply barcodes for my books?

Barcodes are a separate purchase to ISBNs. They are usually purchased individually when your book is ready to go to print. They cost $45 AUD per ISBN, and are credited to your ISBN account at MyIdentifiers as soon as purchased. You will receive instructions on how to generate or share barcodes in an ISBN confirmation email immediately after purchase.


  1. After purchase, sign in to MyIdentifiers and go to MyAccount > Manage ISBNs to download the barcode which appears alongside your ISBN (the Barcode column will be designated ‘Generate’ ready for you to download or share your EPS or PDF barcode).
  2. Click ‘Generate’ in the Barcode column of the ISBN for which you wish to generate a barcode. Note: if this is not the first time a barcode has been generated for the ISBN, the button in the barcode column is labelled ‘Manage’.
  3. Click ‘Download Barcode’ (select file type EPS or PDF). Click ‘Save’ or ‘Save As’ to save the barcode graphic to your computer. Do not click ‘Open’ during the save process. To download the barcode again, you may repeat this process at any time.
  4. There is also an option during the barcode ‘Generate’ process for you to ‘Share’ your barcode as ‘PDF’ or ‘EPS’ or ‘Share both formats’. This places the barcode link into an email ready for you to forward to an email address (for your printer or graphics person).


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