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Book sense

Do you ISBN?

If yes, it will cost you.

A friend has a book close to publication, and today she purchased her ISBN — International Standard Book Number — that you see pictured above. This 13-digit number identifies the author, title, edition and format being printed. Publishers, booksellers, and libraries use it for ordering, listing, sales records and inventory control.

That’s all fine and dandy.

But having writers pay for the identifying number assigned to their book would be like me having to pay for my Social Security number.  Or the passwords I use to access the many accounts in my life.  Or the name tag they give me at ComicCon.

Wait.  I guess I essentially do pay for all those things.

Sorry, Tina.  I tried.