Publish your family history

Provides advice and resources for publishing your family history.

Before publishing

Once you have completed writing and structuring your family history, you will move into the publishing phase.

Before publishing a book, we recommend that you acquire an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). You also have the opportunity to obtain a Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) entry.

ISBNs are 10 or 13-digit numbers that uniquely identify books and book-like products published internationally. Each number identifies a unique edition of a publication, from one specific publisher, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors. ISBNs are obtained in Australia through Thorpe-Bowker.

Level 1, 607 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
Phone: 03 8517 8349

For further details, visit the Thorpe-Bowker website

A Cataloguing-in-Publication number is an entry for a book in library catalogues. The National Library of Australia (NLA) provides a free service. For further details, visit the NLA website.

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