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As international publishing trade executives convene at Frankfurt Book Fair, the universally recognized International Standard Book Number is being weakened by resistance to its use from self-publishers — meaning we no longer can “see” how big the books industry really is.
The absurd element here is that entrepreneurial authors, the smallest-business element of the industry! the industry!, are being penalized by the ISBN’s pricing. And the larger, corporate entities in the business, whether independent houses or the mighty Big Five publishers, are getting the best deal.