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hannah March 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Thank you! I was sweating it out over at Bowker and found an answer here.


Sujith February 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

Hi, as a self-publisher can I register with Bowkerlink.com if I do not have an American ISBN? The registration page is asking for publisher name where I cannot do a search.

Thank you


AlanK September 20, 2013 at 6:11 am

Thank you Joel,

If I may ask one more question (forgive me I am new to your excellent blog so this question has probably been asked before).

You touched on this in your blog article, but I want to confirm this. I assigned my title at myidentifiers.com. Is there any benefit or need to set up accounts with bowkerlink.com and booksinprint.com?



Joel Friedlander September 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

AlanK, no they all feed to the same databases.


AlanK September 14, 2013 at 6:08 am

Hello Joel,

Thank you for your most helpful articles. I have a question. I bought 10 ISBN numbers recently, and my first book will be published in about a month. However, I do not have an exact page number at this time. Do I need to have an exact page number in order to register one of my ISBNs? Or can I give an approximate page number in the field when I register the ISBN and then change it later?

Thank you,



Joel Friedlander September 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Alan, you don’t need an exact number, you can go back and edit the entry if you like. In fact, I would suggest waiting until your book is ready to publish, then go in and fill the entire record with accurate information. Before publication, you won’t need to have it filled out.


sammi January 31, 2013 at 8:11 am

how do we upload a table of contents? I notice most listing in books in print have one, but there’s no place to upload a TOC on bowkerlink or my identifiers. Also, do you recommend uploading a pdf of the whole book on my identifiers? thanks.


BIBI SHANE August 4, 2012 at 11:39 am


I apologize for misspelling Bowerlink. Sign that eyes are ageing.



Alexander M Zoltai May 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Is a listing with Ingram as valuable as with Bowker??


Joel Friedlander May 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Alexander, the Ingram listing is really only for the companies with which Ingram does business. The BIP database can be accessed by anyone looking for info on your book, so they operate in very different universes. You should most definitely have both listings (assuming your book is with Ingram, of course).


Anthony StClair April 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

Joel, this is an awesome post. I’ve added it to my “product launch” folder. Thanks for helping us with the nuts and bolts of getting a book published. The metadata optimization is very useful — seems like a keyword-focused version of back cover copy?


Joel Friedlander April 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

Exactly right, Anthony. On the web, discoverability is critical.


doug March 24, 2011 at 2:15 am

Hi Joel
Just last week, I was told about Bowkerlink and thank you for shareing the How To. Our account should be activated this week and your information helps so I do my homework. We had published Reiser’s Ramblings in June 2010, and sold 2100 so far, but I can see that Bowkerlink will help reach a much wider audience, through the Bowker system.

Thank You


Joel Friedlander March 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm


Bowker uses the entries you make on Bowkerlink (or on myidentifiers.com, you can use either site) to create the entry for your book in the Books in Print database, that’s about it. Good luck with your book, sales seem healthy so far.


doug April 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Hi Joel

Just wanted to show you the fruits of your help with the Bowkerlink/myidentifiers.com and we got all the info loaded and I see just today the Barns&Noble recognizes the book now.

take care


Joel Friedlander April 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Nice! Thanks for letting me know, Doug.


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