Suprising Truth about if you need an ISBN to Publish a Comic Book?

If you plan on selling your comic book with online distributors like Amazon, KDP, Barnes and Noble Press, or Ingramspark then you’ll need and ISBN number.

If you don’t plan on selling your printed comic book with online distributors then an ISBN isn’t needed.

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How I published my comic book for free

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.

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School Memories is a shojo manga one shot I printed with Kablam an ISBN

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!


RA Comics Direct

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.

Would you like to learn more?

Would you like to learn How to Write A Comic Script? or maybe learn  My 5 Webtoon Tips for Beginners?

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I’ve also published 4 Comic books and as of 2020 I’m currently working on my 5th published book! If you’d like to learn how to publish a Comic book in 3 steps then check out my blog post How to Publish a Comic book.

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