Please note the following Terms and Conditions which you will be required to agree to, in writing, before acquiring an ISBN number from Compass-Publishing UK
This agreement will be outlined in the first confirmation email we send.
  • The ISBN number you acquire MUST be used for the book in which you declare it is for at the time of request. You may not use the ISBN for a different book other than the one declared at the time of request.
  • You must not be involved in any legal dispute relating to the book for which you are acquiring an ISBN for. 
  • We will not provide an ISBN for any book that contains libelous, defamatory or slanderous content.
  • We will not provide an ISBN for any book that contains any of the following – adult content, hateful conduct (e.g. promotion of violence or harrassment against other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, origin, sexual orientation, gender,  gender identity, religious affiliation, age or disability).
  • Compass-Publishing UK will be required to view the content of the book before it can publish it

If you have any questions relating to these terms and conditions, please email us at

Submitting your books to the Libraries – LEGAL REQUIREMENT

Once you have published your book, you will need to get in touch with whoever supplied you with the ISBN number to register your books details.

If it was with Compass-Publishing UK, then call us on 02392 378625 – and we will do this over the phone. You will need a copy of your book with you as I will be asking you questions such as size of book, the number of pages, how much you are selling it for etc.

Once your book has been registered – this data will then be fed to all major book stores in the UK – and if anyone requests your book by title, the book shop will be able to order it for that customer.

The other legal requirement is to send several copies to the various libraries across the UK – including Scotland, Wales, Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin. The legal depositary requirement has been established since 1662 – and it’s super important that you comply with this request.

So, five books need to be sent to:

Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries
21 Marnin Way
EH12 9GD

and one copy needs to be sent to: Legal Deposit Office The British library Boston Spa Wetherby LS23 7BY

Include a cover note with your books, listing the ISBN number and who has published your book.

You can include wording such as “I hereby submit X number of copies of my book – insert title of book- ISBN number – insert number- which is published by – insert publisher.”

I also HIGHLY recommend that you send these recorded delivery – I’ve had customers ‘lose’ their books – and you don’t want to be sending out repetitive orders if