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Read an ebook with your tablet!

CISS is the Canadian ISBN Service System that’s free to all Canadian book and ebook publishers. This article will take you step-by-stepy through assigning an ISBN through CISS.

Canadians, unlike independent, or indie, ebook publishers in other countries, can have free ISBNs. To see whether or not you qualify for free ISBNs in Canada, see the registration process through Library and Archives Canada at:  http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ciss-ssci/041002-130-e.html

You’ll also need to go through the link above for information on establishing things like your publisher name and contact person.

After you’ve filled out and submitted the form, you’ll receiving confirmation that you may use the service to assign your free ISBNs for ebooks, plus the login information you need to access the system.

How to Assign an ISBN

Click on the LOGIN link from the left navigation bar and use your login information to enter the CISS website at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ciss-ssci/index-e.html

The first time you use CISS you’ll likely have to click on the link, REQUEST ISBN PREFIX. You won’t be able to assign an ISBN until you have your own publisher prefix. If you miss a year publishing a new ebook, you’ll also likely need to request a new ISBN prefix.

Once you have your publisher prefix, click on MANAGE LOGBOOK to attach an ISBN to an ebook you’re ready to publish. You’ll be taken to your logbook. If you haven’t registered any ebooks yet, all you’ll see on that page will be the link: Assign new ISBN. Click on it.

Once you’re in the system, this is the information you’ll need to generate for your ebook. Of course, you’ll fill in your own information, where it’s different!

Questions about Self-Publishing Your E-Book?

CISS is the Canadian ISBN Service System that’s free to all Canadian book and ebook publishers. This article will take you step-by-stepy through assigning an ISBN through CISS.

Canadians, unlike independent, or indie, ebook publishers in other countries, can have free ISBNs. To see whether or not you qualify for free ISBNs in Canada, see the registration process through Library and Archives Canada at:  http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ciss-ssci/041002-130-e.html

You’ll also need to go through the link above for information on establishing things like your publisher name and contact person.

After you’ve filled out and submitted the form, you’ll receiving confirmation that you may use the service to assign your free ISBNs for ebooks, plus the login information you need to access the system.

How to Assign an ISBN

Click on the LOGIN link from the left navigation bar and use your login information to enter the CISS website at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ciss-ssci/index-e.html

The first time you use CISS you’ll likely have to click on the link, REQUEST ISBN PREFIX. You won’t be able to assign an ISBN until you have your own publisher prefix. If you miss a year publishing a new ebook, you’ll also likely need to request a new ISBN prefix.

Once you have your publisher prefix, click on MANAGE LOGBOOK to attach an ISBN to an ebook you’re ready to publish. You’ll be taken to your logbook. If you haven’t registered any ebooks yet, all you’ll see on that page will be the link: Assign new ISBN. Click on it.

Once you’re in the system, this is the information you’ll need to generate for your ebook. Of course, you’ll fill in your own information, where it’s different!

ISBN General Information on free ISBNs for ebooks

ISBN General E-book information

ISBN General E-book information

 

E-Book Contributor Information

ISBN Contributor Information

ISBN Contributor Information

 

ISBN Language, eBook Measurements, and Rights

ISBN Language, Measurement, and Rights.

ISBN Language, Measurement, and Rights.

 

ISBN E-Book Supplier Information

Remember, as an independent publisher you’re the ebook supplier.

Remember, as an independent publisher you’re the ebook supplier.

 

Need Help Self-Publishing Your E-Book?

Self-publishers must wear many “hats” to get their books to virtual bookstore shelves. It can seem overwhelming! I have a number of articles to help you here on my blog at:aksomitis.com/category/ebooks

I also teach an online course, Publish and Sell Your E-Books, which takes you from editing through set-up to selecting bookstores and distributors. Join me!

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