It's finally come that time. I've run out of pre-purchased ISBNs. Before I buy another lot of 100 (which has kept me going thru 21 books sold across multiple distributors), I'm now wondering whether it makes more sense to form an independent publishing group, where I join with other authors and purchase an even larger number of ISBNs for us each to share.
I've been debating this for a while, because most self-publishing experts suggest it. Not only does it make you look more professional (even if the publishing group consists only of a single person), but you could then make a 'publishers website' which would feature the works of everyone so anyone searching for the works of one author would naturally be led to the works of the others in the group as well.
Of course, I'd then have to consider republishing most of my books with a new ISBN under that group name, but I'm not sure I'm that worried about it. I'm fairly sure I can simply change the name of the publisher on each site (I hope).
So, anyone interested? Individual ISBNs (for Americans, at least) cost $79 each. If you purchase 100, they only cost 7.90 each, but if you purchase 1,000, they only cost $1.00 each (that's how sites like SW, lulu and D2D offer free ISBNs for new authors). Those are fairly significant savings, though there are only a few of us who publish enough books for it to make a difference for.
Note, unless I hear from others, this is a limited time offer, as I'm likely to purchase my next set of ISBNs before very long.