ISBN are needed for distributing your published comic book in store like Walmart, Barnes and Noble Press, Target or Public Library.
If you plan on selling your comic book with online distributors like Amazon, KDP, Barnes and Noble Press, or Ingramspark then you can get a free or discounted ISBN number.
If you don’t plan on selling your printed comic book with online distributors then an ISBN isn’t needed.
Also as an extra note ISBN numbers aren’t needed if you want to sell your comic book in ebook format.
What is an ISBN number used for?
ISBN means International Standard Book Number. It’s a numbering system that publishers, bookstores, libraries, online distributors, etc… use for ordering, listing, sales records, and other stock monitoring purposes.
Can I sell books without an ISBN?
Don’t let this discourage you though because there are other comic book artist that sell their books in their own online store. You can also print and sell your books without an ISBN at comic or anime conventions.
Best Comic Book Printing Compaines
Here are a couple of print on demand comic book companies that don’t require an ISBN and I’ve used in the past and totally recommend!
I used Kablam for my first two published books since I didn’t have enough for an ISBN and they don’t require any minimum order requirement.
RA Comics Direct is also a print on demand company that I used that has a really fast turn around time without an ISBN but they do have a minimum order number of 25.
These two are currently my favorite print on demand comic book companies.
They have good customer service, comic templates, and low inventory demands that don’t require you to buy over 1,000 or even 100 books.
What should you do next?
If you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment down below and I’d be happy to answer them!
I also have a free ebook where I cover how to make, publish and monetize a webtoon comic for beginners!
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