I posted this to the Engine, but just in case anyone happens to read this who may have a clue, feel free to jump in.
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It is very-likely that a non-DM distributor is going to take a bunch of copies of my already printed first issue of SHIRTLIFTER for distribution. In order to do this, they need a barcode and ISBN number to put it into their system. Since it was a floppy, it never even occurred to me to have a barcode put on the book. The silly man will not be repeating that mistake in the future.
Now, while I know how to hold of an ISBN number, and understand how to generate a barcode, I’m not sure about the best way to get those pesky barcodes printed and stuck onto the comics. I’m assuming that self-printed inkjet or laser-labels aren’t going to fly, and I would also prefer a label that’s removable, if possible. The covers are a pretty thick, coated stock, so i think the labels should peel off if I find ones with the right kind of adhesive. I just have no idea what that adhesive might be.
This is not something I’ve ever even thought about before — I’m sure there must be commercial printers that do this kind of thing, as I’ve seen post-printed stickers applied to CDs and books before, but I have no idea what to even ask for. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing, or be able to point me in the right direction? It would be much appreciated.