Creating a Barcode of Your ISBN for FREE

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I have designed close to 50 if nor more books for myself and clients over the years. Each book needs an ISBN number is or International Book Standard Number. This is a unique code that identifies your book internationally.   Your publishing house can assign you anISBNn or you can buy them separately at Some companies like RR Bowker charge up to $25 for each barcode in addition to the ISBN number itself. Today, I will share how to get a free barcode of your ISBN number. For years I have used the site to create free barcodes. They do have an optional donation button to fund the project. Here’s how it works

  1. Log on to
  2. Click the drop-down menu and select EAN13
  3. Paste your ISBN number in (be sure to use the 13 digit number) Take out the dash – numbers only
  4. Click the BARCODE button
  5. 5. Scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see three formats
    1. EPS (Encapsulated Postscript – used for printed filed),
    2. PNG (Personal Network Graphic – online use)
    3. JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group – online use)
  6. Right click .EPS and save in the folder you designate for your barcode.
  7. Repeat Step 6 for PNG and JPEG
  8. Share your barcode with your graphic designer or import directly into your book cover.

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