Using ISBNs in Standard Paperback
I want to print my books in Standard Paperback because it is cheaper (half the cost for my dimensions). I am fine taking on the headache of distribution, since a Standard Paperback is not eligible for distribution through Lulu.
I am fine buying my own ISBNs; I do not need the free Lulu ISBN.
Here is the problem: When I print a Standard Paperback, there is no option to enter a ISBN that gets baked into the barcode.
My questions are:
- Do I really need a ISBN that is baked into the barcode? Or is it fine if I only type it manually on the copyright page?
Most places I distribute to will have a separate form that requires me to write out the ISBN separately; so do I really need the barcode and the ISBN to be consistent?
- Suppose I need a ISBN barcode. Does the following method work?
Publish a version of the book in Premium Paperback (which I do not intend to use). Download the PDF cover from that book.
Prepare a new project with the book in Standard paperback. Instead of creating the cover for this book using the wizard, upload the book cover that I just downloaded from the premium paperback project. So now I have the body in standard paperback, with the cover design from the premium paperback, which gives me the correct ISBN. This is the version of the book I physically print.
Am I missing something?