Library of Congress

May 11, 2011 by  
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A Library of Congress catalog control number is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to the catalog record created for each book in its cataloged collections. Librarians use it to locate a specific Library of Congress catalog record in the national databases and to order catalog cards from the Library of Congress or from commercial suppliers. The Library of Congress assigns this number while the book is being cataloged. Under certain circumstances, however, a control number can be assigned before the book is published through the Preassigned Control Number Program.

Here are a few of the questions you can find the answer to at the PCN website:

How does the Preassigned Control Number (PCN) program relate to Copyright?

How much does it cost to obtain a Preassigned Control Number (PCN)?

Where do I send a copy of the book for which a Preassigned Control Number (PCN) was provided?

How can I get cataloging for a book which is already published?

What is the difference between the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program and the PCN program?

What is the difference between a Library of Congress Card Number, a Library of Congress Control Number, and a Preassigned Control Number?

Are Library of Congress catalog records created for all books submitted to the Library of Congress as part of the Preassigned Control Number Program?

How long does it take to obtain an account number and password?

How long does it take to obtain a Library of Congress Control Number?

What is an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)?

How do I get an ISBN?

What is an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)?

How do I get an ISSN?

Publishers

May 4, 2011 by  
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I discovered Mira Digital about three years ago. They are one of the few Print on Demand (POD) publishers who actually answer their phones. They are easy to deal with and very reasonable.

In the past five years, Print on Demand (POD) publishers have become readily accessible. Now, there are too many to choose from. The problem is the small print. As an example, Lightning Source, owned by Amazon seems to offer a great package, but what they don’t reveal is the very first day you release your book, Amazon can discount your book as much as 50% and keep 55% of the proceeds. The first time I used Amazon, I was in the hole $1.05. So I pulled the book and changed publishers. On a personal note, Lightning Source was six weeks late in delivering my book which caused me to miss a speaking engagement.

FriesenPress – They offer online distribution  as well as exposure to wholesale book distribution through The Ingram Book Company, North America’s largest book wholesaler.

* Black & White Book Publishing: $579.00

* Color & Children’s Book Publishing: $595.00

Package Features Our Niche Market Starter publishing package includes the full set of standard features shown on the right hand side, plus the additional items listed below.

* Amazon’s Look Inside!

* 5 Paperback copies of your book

* First 12 image insertions free of charge (color & children’s book publishing only)

* First table insertion, first 5 footnotes or endnotes, and first 5 layout complexities free of charge

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