Save this tool! (Or it’s going away for good)

I wanted to help indie authors, so I set up this free and easy to use ISBN barcode generator. Over the years, it’s made over 100,000 free barcodes (that’s a lot of books!) Unfortunately, due to high traffic and use, the tool is constantly breaking my site. I’m not a coder, so I spend dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars a month just trying to keep it running for you (not to mention replying to a handful of angry emails each time it’s not working). Honestly I’d rather be writing, so I’ve been thinking recently of shutting this tool down as it’s not with the hassle.

If you use this tool frequently, I could really use your help.

The easiest way to keep this tool running would be to grab my self-publishing bundle, book marketing tactics or writing guides. I’ve set these links to include a big discount so you can make a modest “donation” – while also receiving massive value.

Keep in mind, Bowker charges $150 for just one barcode, so you’re saving at least that much each time you use my free tool.

I don’t like asking for help, so this is a last resort. If only 10 people (out of a thousand) help split maintenance costs, it should be enough to keep this tool alive for everyone.

Sincerely, Derek Murphy

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I put this page together so I had quick access to a high quality, automatic barcode generator for my book covers. Just type in your ISBN below, and the price (if you want your barcode to have one), and you’ll get a zipped file of your high resolution barcode instantly in two formats – EPS and PDF.

The program will automatically convert 10-digit ISBN’s to their 13-digit equivalents.

Put your ISBN number here:

Add a price (optional):

The first digit is “5” for US$, and “6” for CAN$, followed by the price.

5    $ US
6    $ Canada
4    $ New Zealand
3    $ Australia
0 & 1    British pounds

51995 = $19.95USD | 61450 = $14.50CAN

If you don’t want a price, just use the default value (9000) – this will add a second smaller barcode embedded with “no price”. OR delete the 90000 and leave it blank, to get just the single barcode with the ISBN.

The barcodes will download automatically, so check your downloads folder!

If this tool doesn’t seem to be working, try clicking this link.

PS: Check your barcodes! These should work everywhere, but before you print a thousand copies of your book, please test the barcode to make sure it works. There are many smartphone apps that read barcodes; you can even scan the barcode right from your computer screen – if the book is already for sale it should show you comparative prices. If it’s not yet for sale, it may pull up the information from Bowker, but this will depend on the app you’re using.

Special thanks to  bookland.py for the original code used in this barcode generator.

Need help with your book launch?

I hope these templates helped you design promo graphics for your book. If you need more help with your marketing or book promotion, sign up for my free guide, Guerrilla Publishing. It’ll teach you the advanced book marketing tactics I’ve used to make a full-time income with my writing.


Sincerely, Derek Murphy, PhD

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