Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easy Task: Barcode Generating

Free Barcode Generating: Your book cover designer usually takes care of the bar code and includes it on the back side of your print version.  You just need to tell her/him your retail price of the title. 

WikiHow explains: 

“A barcode contains two sets of numbers—a global prefix that identifies your business, and a product serial number—that allows you to bring up a product's information by scanning the code.

  • Register your business with GS1. GS1 is a not-for-profit company that maintains the global standards for barcodes.
  • Determine the type of barcode you need. Most businesses will use either UPC (North America, U.K., New Zealand, and Australia) or EAN (parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America) barcodes.
  • Open the TEC-IT site. Go to this or a similar site in your browser. The TEC-IT site has a free barcode generator here.  There are several free programs on the internet:

Here are free barcode generators:

  • Select EAN / UPC. On the left side of the page, you'll see a list of barcode types. Scroll down until you see the EAN / UPC heading, then click it to expand it. Your mouse cursor must be over the list of barcode categories when you scroll.

Find the rest of the instructions - for Windows and Mac users - here:

Even more important: check your bar codes if they are working properly (on your phone for example) before delivering to the printer or book distributor.  See also YouTube videos, for example:


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