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Postby Troy Kealley on Thu Sep 08, 2005 6:07 pm

Woo one I can answer!

OK when you apply for a ISBN in Australia you have the option of ordering a barcode with it (it costed around $50 from memory). It would certainly make prospective stockists more receptive to the comic so I think it's worth it.

If you already have an ISBN then I'm pretty sure you just need to convert that number into a barcode - I believe you can find programs on the internet to do this for you - our development guys have something they use to create barcodes so if you like I'll find out what they use.

BTW the site also has lots of other useful info on self publishing.

And there's always Steve's option!!
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Postby Egofreaky on Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:38 am

The only problem with free barcode site is is it the right one?

When looking for barcode stuff myself, I found that there are almost 30 different types of barcode. Books use UPC or EAN code, and there are about 3 of each.
I actually printed out our ISSN in most of those formats and took it to Borders to scan them. We ended up going with the EAN-13 barcode because it scanned without a problem, and allowed extra digits for volume and issue numbers, which is something you'll seriously want to consider if you're doing an ongoing comic.

Here are some links:

: I'm not sure which Barcode type this font is. I think it's 'Code39'
: This one only outputs as a 96dpi GIF. You're gonnah ave to play around in Illustrator to get something that's printable. Take it to a shop to make sure it scans before you use it though.
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Postby Egofreaky on Sat Sep 10, 2005 5:47 pm

If you're going to put it on the cover of the book, it should be an ISSN or ISBN based barcode.
Putting any old number in may make it clash with an existing product, which is going to cause serious problems if you end up getting the book into a place like Borders.
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Postby Mopy on Sat Sep 10, 2005 6:12 pm

Those sites for do it yourself barcodes are very useful - thanks muchly.

According to what I've been able to find out about barcodes in New Zealand you have to join some bogus business association:



and it appears the minimum membership fee (turnover $0 - $1 million) is $299: S#%$ me with a Ames lettering guide!
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Postby azahru on Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:39 am

National Library of Australia gives out free ISSNs

To quote from a friend

"If you want an
ISSN your publication has to be a serial, ie: you have to "intend to
keep publishing issues indefinitely" and have some sort of numbering
system eg. Vol 1. A very good example for literature would be the
"Year's Best Fantasy & Horror" collections (ed. By Ellen Datlow). I
have a sneaky suspision that for an ISSN you have to publish at least
annually but I could be wrong..."
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Postby Mopy on Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:52 am

National Library of New Zealand also give out the ISBN/ISSN"S free as well.



As with the Australian Library, they have to be convinced that you intend to continue regular publishing for an ISSN; they turned down our anthology first time.
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Postby azahru on Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:55 am

Australian National Library doesn't do ISBNs anymore! I don't know why.
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